An added bonus, Awagami sent a package of sample papers. Since I have never used their papers I was curious to see how they performed with the Akua inks and intaglio process.
As luck would have it, I found some old Solarplates (the ones before the new plates with the protective layer) that had gotten shoved back on a studio shelf. I didn't know if they were still usable but they turned out to work fine.
I planned on using two different plates and after exposing the positives, the old Solarplates looked good. The image size is roughly six by eight inches.
Between this and that, I managed to eke out a bit of studio time for proofing. I was playing around with a few different color variations but noting was finalized. These were printed on dry Arnham paper using Akua intaglio inks.
Chine colle' was used in this one; printing on one of the Awagami sample papers.
For now, "Elusive Perfection" remains just that - elusive.