Project 4: Abstract Textured Print

My final print is one that I want to be much more lose with. I’ve started with a print taken from the printing plate having already impressed linen on top to give a texture.

Linen Strips and Textured print

Linen Strips and Textured print

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I’d like to use a series of colours in this print, a light blue, light grey, dark grey, yellow and orange.

I moved onto trying to incorporate some shapes into my abstract design. I didn’t want them to be particularly detailed so I just cut leaf like shapes and diamond shapes from paper and then inked them up before laying them underneath the Print and going over the back to reveal the shapes.

Printing plate with imprint of leaves

Printing plate with imprint of leaves

Detail of yellow and orange leaves.

Detail of yellow and orange leaves.

The leaves came out quite subtle. Which wasn’t exactly what I was going for, but I think enabled me to keep layering colors without it looking too busy!

I wanted to try some back drawing in a dark grey and then later in a blue. Initially I had some trouble getting the line to come through clearly enough to be visible. But again this just gives the print a much more random feel than a very clean crisp line.

I did make the blue lines using a very defined pen point which helped those lines to come to the fore front of the image. Here’s what the finished print looks like:

Finished Abstract print

Finished Abstract print

I like the overall composition, none of the colors are too dominant which adds to a muddy/mysterious feel, which seems to make it feel abstract.

 

 

 

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