I've had just a wonderful time working on these Icelandic prints. All of the red in the map represents volcanic systems, and the dark blue black depicts Iceland's volcanic landscape. So, if you want to know where to find the best geothermal or magma activity like lava flow and eruptions just follow the red on the map. Pay notice to the glaciers, where there is a lot of white space and the bright red really shows through. Many of Iceland's volcanoes are located beneath the glaciers, because volcanoes usually elevate the landscape up into the sky. Areas of higher elevation usually accumulate snow because of the lower temperatures. Many of Iceland's volcanoes are hidden beneath thousands of feet of ice or snow.
To do these I researched and drew up the maps from geothermal studies. I carved the first woodblock with the geologic activity, and then the second of Iceland's landscape complete with rivers and glaciers. To get the print I applied red gouache to the volcanic activity and made a press on watercolor paper. I placed Iceland's landscape on top with a black Prussian blue and complementary orange gouache mix with water.
I went through about eight prints before I was able to line them up to each other correctly. Refer to your map if your going to line these up without alignment marks. I used my eye to align them. I'm very happy with the way they turned out. A slightly less stiff, Cartesian rendering of the Icelandic landscape fit for a card or wall. I hope I get a use for these in the future. Maybe the Icelandic Association of Chicago (IAC) wants to use them on a Þorrablót booklet in February?