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Project 15: Bosworth’s Butchers – painted mono print with back-drawing

I wrote an early post about the process of deciding on the design/format for this print, see link below:


In that post I wrote about experimenting in A4 format before working on the final print in A3, this post is about the process of print in the larger format…

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Project 15: Bosworth’s Butchers – printing experiments

I wanted to do a trial run of a painted mono print incorporating back drawing, so that I could make any adjustments to my technique before printing in A3.

Here is a photo of the results, in the rest of the post I’ll break down the process that lead to the final print:

Bosworth's Butchers - painted mono print with back drawing

Bosworth’s Butchers – painted mono print with back drawing

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Project 4: ‘Large Landscape’

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.

Sketchbook drawing

Sketchbook drawing

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Project 3: Backdrawing

Part of this project has involved backdrawing. It’s taken a little while to get the hang of it, my first few goes had a bit too much ink on the printing plate so the lines weren’t as clear as I wanted them to be.

I found that if I took a print of the printing plate first then did a backdrawing on my paper afterwards then the ink was thin enough on the plate for the backdrawing to be clear with little smudging or extra ink on the page. I’ve tried using pencils, and pens, the end of a paint brush to make marks.

I found the pen drawings gave a stronger, defined line more so than the pencil or paint brush.

I need to finish a few experiments with back-drawing and layered masks in one print (not sure it’s going to look how I’d like but worth a go). Then I’ll be moving onto Project 4!