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Project 7: Developed colour ways

So having printed the yellow base layer’s I moved on to printing the two other layers of colour. I had a little mishap on one of the prints so only two are actually decent. But that’s what you get for rushing!

Yellow, Purple, Pink Print

Yellow, Purple, Pink Print

I’m not entirely happy with this print, it’s a tad girly/sickly for my taste. And the pink layer is a bit smudgy as I must have moved the paper while trying to get a print.

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Project 7: More colour ways

Grey, Blue, Red Print

Grey, Blue, Red Print

Above is the completed print begun a few days ago, finished with a red layer. I like the colours together, they compliment each other without fading into the background or outstanding each other.

Grey, Yellow, Green Print

Grey, Yellow, Green Print

In my head these colours worked really well together, on print however they remind me of St.Patrick’s day. This wasn’t really what I was going for. I’m not entirely sure what would help this print/what colour combinations would’ve worked better. However I really liked the colour of the yellow and thought it could work well being the background colour rather than the colour of the second layer (where it sits quite oddly against the other colours). So I set about taking three prints of the first layer in yellow to then try different colour combinations on top.

Background prints in Yellow

Background prints in Yellow

Project 7: Different colour ways

I’ve begun different colour version’s of the multi block print.

Grey, Yellow, Green Print

Grey, Yellow, Green Print

I had thought this yellow would be more citrus yellow than a golden colour, but I quite like the golden colour and am happy enough to leave it as it is. Perhaps something to try later on would be a different shade of yellow.

Grey, Blue, Red Print

Grey, Blue, Red Print

This is with a navy blue, it’s not printed quite as I expected, I think I underestimated how much ink I needed on the printing plate and my roller to get an even coverage of blue. I think I’ll go for a more bold primary colour red than a cherry red to go with the blue.

Yellow, Purple & Green Print

Yellow, Purple & Green Print

I kind of like this yellow print on it’s own, but think it’ll work very well with a purple second layer and green third layer.

 

 

Project 7: Initial multi-block lino prints

Once I had cut away/cleaned up my lino blocks to a point at which I felt they’d produce clean prints I began the process of doing my first few multi block prints. I wanted to try them on a few different types of paper, so cut my paper to size and a jig to sink the blocks into to aid proper registration first, before printing. 

Having set up my jig and got my papers I began printing. I knew printing the background in black (as the original design had intended) would mean that the lightest red layer (third layer) would be only partially visible so I changed the colours of the design that I would print. I wanted a grey/beige base layer and to keep the blue and cherry red of the 2nd and 3rd layers.

I found creating the colour beige/grey quite tricky as mixing the oil based ink is tricky, I often end up with much more ink on the printing plate than I wanted. Not sure quite how to improve that at the moment.

Multi block print on Japanese printing paper

Multi block print on Japanese printing paper

I think this printed fairly well, it’s not 100% perfect in terms of registration but the little edge of white around the smaller feathers is actually quite a nice little border. There’s some red lines in the top right hand corner that I’d rather weren’t there so I’ll cut some more of that layer away when I re-print. I’m also not sure about the beige, I’d prefer a grey colour.

Multi block print on Cartridge Printing paper

Multi block print on Cartridge Printing paper

I like the way this looks printed on the slightly thicker cartridge paper. In theory it should look clearer on the thinner Japanese paper but it’s got a nice level of ink on this print. Maybe it’s using the jig and bit more pressure that’s helped it to print well.

Multi block print on brown paper

Multi block print on brown paper

This as you can see it only a two layer print I didn’t complete the third layer as I thought it wouldn’t improve the quality of the print. I don’t think this worked very well. The colour is too pale (of the background layer) against the brown paper. I know I wouldn’t do it like this again!

I’m going to clean up the red layer lino by cutting some more away, and then try printing again with a grey back ground layer before then trying a different colour scheme.

Possible colour scheme’s are: Beige/lime green/yellow, grey/purple/yellow, blue/red/grey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project 7: Testing the Lino cut blocks…

Last Thursday I did some test prints of each individual lino block, to see how they looked printed and to see if I felt there was any more cutting away that needed to be done.

Test Prints - Layer 1

Test Prints – Layer 1

This test has a second layer on it which is badly registered as I forgot that it was a test print and I hadn’t created it in a jig. So when I came to print the second layer using a jig of course it was mismatched – a silly mistake! But back to my point the grey back ground layer was originally a test print which I was happy with the quality of – in terms of how the image/lines I’d cut away printed. So I didn’t feel the need to make any changes to the lino before using it to print again.

Test Prints - Layer 2

Test Prints – Layer 2

This layer as you can see has a lot of little lines where there’s little pieces of lino picking up ink. I wanted it to be a cleaner image so set about cutting away most of the little lines so only the central deliberate shapes remained.

Test Prints - Layer 3

Test Prints – Layer 3

This layer was the layer that took the longest originally to prepare as I had to cut so much away. Again there’s still a lot of extra lines on the test print. So I set about cutting most of these away for a cleaner print.