Since my last post I’ve been working on deciding what combination of techniques I want to use for my four prints. As well as considering colour schemes and making some adjustments to the design I had come to in the last post.
To help me decide what combination of printing techniques to use I went back through the work I’ve done on the course so far. I looked for pieces where I’d used methods successfully or prints that showed methods I enjoyed or wanted to try and improve on.
I took photo’s of these prints and tried to group them by techniques used, I then stuck these images in my sketchbook to do get my thoughts annotated around them (you can find these on pages 68-71)
For the benefit of making my thinking process clear I’ll write about what I wrote here too…
The prints above were created by painting the printing plate with ink & then pulling a print from this. For me the really capture a feeling or emotion, feel much more expressive than a simple linocut print. I keep thinking about how this might work alongside either back drawing or a lino cut layer? Or is the simplicity of the technique what makes it so effective?
The print to the left of the photo is a combination of a masked mono print (the blue sky), placed inked trees & back drawing (the red lines). The tree’s didn’t quite work here, a bit too smudgy but the sky and the red lines work well. This combo could work for the butchers print.
The print on the right is just a simple back drawing of my garden, it does work well alone. But I wonder if it could be enhanced with a collage/tissue element and if that would make an interesting butchers shop print?
The left hand print was created using multiple masks and adding texture to the surface of the ink. Again it’s effective but I’m unsure how well it would work for the butchers as it’s more of an packed image being an urban rather than rural landscape.
The middle print is a layered mono print with some back drawing, it feels very mysterious but I think lends itself to a more abstract subject that the butchers!
The right hand print is an example of a rainbow rolling technique, the print and white/red was created by rolling the brayer in three colour at once. I then placed paper masks over the inked plate and pulled the print. I don’t think I’d want to use the mask technique but I think trying some form of rainbow rolling could be interesting!
This combination print worked well as it wasn’t too complex but the layers of techniques added depth. I need to think about how this would work for the butchers but in principle it might work!
Unfortunately this collagraph print didn’t print so well (my fault). But it had so much potential! I’d love to try something like this for the butchers but I am nervous that I will have the same problems and be unable to create a successful /clean print.
These prints are a collection of lino cut prints, the left hand print was my first reduction print. It’s nothing special and I wish it were better but seeing it makes me what to create a more complex/ sophisticated reduction print. The right hand print was created with three different lino cut blocks, it’s much more detailed and I found it easier to control but not sure that would work so well with an large A3 print?
This photo contains a jotting down of potential print combination ideas:
1. Back drawing & painted monoprints
2. “rainbow roller” inked background & lino cut print
3. Chine Colle & Monoprint & lino cut
4. Reduction lino cut & collage
5. Lino cut made of smaller arranged pieces & collage & chine colle
6. painted mono print & collage & masked area
Following creating this list I felt it would be good to try some of these ideas in A4 before attempting them in the final A3 print format. I decided to try the back drawing & painted mono print first…