Friday, November 03, 2006

By definition, it's done

Here's the front side. The picture I had of Eliza, taken by Chris years ago of her lying on some rocks, was perfect for the opening line! I've always loved the contact print framed in the tiny gilt frame, and it's just perfect for this. The rest of the day wasn't so perfect, however. The printed wonton 'fortunes' were not as successful as I'd hoped. Some were somewhat legible but most were not. But I didn't want to spend much more time on it, and in either case, didn't have any more time to spend on it. I should write down what I did today so if I decide to experiment some more, I know what already didn't work --

- Coated whole wonton skins with melted butter, let dry.
- Gocco'ed text with warmed hot fudge sauce. I used Kroeger's, since you can't taste the chocolate anyhow, there being so little of it on there. Anyhow, it hardly printed at all! When I experimented with it last week, using Harry & David's choc. sauce, it worked so beautifully. So 2 possibilities -- 1) the choc sauce makes a difference, or 2) since I used an old screen for test, the screen still had some oily residue left from when I printed with gocco ink. It's possible that what was printing was the residue on the screen and not from the choc sauce.
- Scraped off the choc sauce and used cake decorating gel. This worked a little better, but not much better. I think maybe coating the wonton with butter was a mistake. Printing on the unbuttered side yielded better results, but still, only some of the fortunes were legible.

I baked the strips in the toaster over, 5 minutes at 350 deg. They came out nice and crisp, but not a lot of taste, which was what I expected. I got some hummus from Ya Halla tonight, and also some bread, so at least I've got that.

Did work on Alice's web site a bit today. Got all the small changes done. I'll make the big changes next week.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hmm... I wonder about other possible treatments for the wontons. Egg yolk comes to mind, but might be too glossy.

Very interesting concept!