Project Two: Positive and Negative Masked Mono prints – In Progress!

I want to get better at writing in this learning log the day I’ve worked on things. This won’t be possible for everything but I’m giving it a go, beginning with yesterdays experiments and into today’s…

30/4/13

I picked two designs to create masks from, the first based on this leaf drawing. Inspiration came largely from Matisse’s work on leaves/fauna.

Leaves Design

Leaves Design

Whilst I don’t love the simplicity of this image, I thought it would work well as a bold mask as a positive or negative mask, so I began cutting out the leaves from the paper to create the mask.

Creating the Mask based on Leaves Design

Creating the Mask based on Leaves Design

At this stage I was happy with them being suitable for use in the print so I began preparing to Ink the Printing Plate – this proved trickier than I first thought!

 

The Inking Plate in action

The Inking Plate in action

 

First Leaves Print using Positive Mask on Watercolour Paper

First Leaves Print using Negative Mask on Watercolor Paper

As you can see my first print didn’t turn out that well, I assumed this was either because of the paper, not enough Ink on the Printing Plate, or me not applying enough pressure.

I then took another Print on the same Plate, (without re-inking the plate) but onto Bamboo Printing Paper (which is much thinner). I think the results are a stronger print.

Leaves Positive Print on Printing Paper

Leaves Positive Print on Printing Paper

I felt like I needed another go with the Leaves Mask so cleaned the Printing Plate and Inking Plate and began the process again, more to come on that in a second post.

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