Saturday, August 18, 2012
Today the art group that I am part of met to do some monotype printmaking. Its good to get together and see how everyone approaches a technique and subject and to learn from successes and failures.
I was tired today and I think that impacted on how I approached the printing. While I enjoyed the process, I couldn't seem to create anything that was a 'keeper'. Not that I expect everything that I do to make the grade, and often it doesn't. Like many techniques, the more you practice, the better you become, the less mistakes and more successes.
I used several plexiglass printing plates as well as a gel plate. The use of oil based inks allowed me time to work on drawing into the plate with tools, cotton swabs and tissues and this print of a river was one of the first pieces I tried today and about the only one that is worth showing.
I had worked on a series of "hidden" rivers in the city a couple of years ago and this was one of them, fairly close to where I work. Small streams that wind through the city on their way to ocean are often overlooked by the public who walk and drive past them daily.
The print is 8" x 10" on Iwara Japanese paper using prussian blue oil based Caligo ink.