July 23, 2023 – As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, the background fields were worked out in advance on a page layout program, so setting one is a matter of following a layout and understanding the rules of the pattern. This is a photo of my composition workflow – I set the new form directly from the old one for maximum efficiency.
Printing panel 3 was pretty sweet, since the color purple looks really good on the press.
And here is the finished panel. The intended field symbology references the line “As often thro’ the purple night, below the starry clusters bright…”