I’d seen a view near my house walking home the other day which I took a photo of, as I figured it could be inspiration for my Landscape print. I love the sense of layers in the view, there’s the cars and road which draw your eye to the large houses at the center, and then beyond rows and rows of tree’s mixed in with houses.
As I looked at this photo I wanted to do a preliminary sketch to help me decide what techniques/colours I’d use in the print. So I did a coloured pencil sketch using different colours to highlight the different layers of technique and colours in my sketchbook.
The red colour represents red back drawing, the blue of the sky a masked print with cotton wool used to create a cloud effect. The tree’s created by cut out fabrics inked and then printed.
I began with the red back drawing, having taken an print of the red ink on the plate I then lay the paper over the remaining ink to get a clean back drawing.
I’m fairly happy with this, it’s a nice clean/clear line and the focus is on the central row of houses. Only thing I wish I could change is the line from the telegraph pole, it doesn’t quite reach across the whole print.
My next step was to create a mask to cover the majority of the print except that which I wanted to be the sky. Having made this, i chose a blue ink, rubbed some away with cotton wool and took the print.
The result was good except not quite perfectly aligned!
The next stage involved cutting little tree’s out of felt and linen fabric. I chose these for their texture, hoping they would make it clear they were meant to represent trees.
The end result isn’t a flawless print, the process of inking each individual fabric tree and pressing it onto the print was quite laborious and messier than desired (hence there’s a few smudge/finger prints on the finished print).
But I do like the overall composition of the layers and the colours.