Saturday, July 07, 2012
I'm working on improving my printmaking techniques and trying my hand at reductive monotypes, using a gelatin plate. Today I worked on a couple of pieces that didn't have the detail that will come in future ones, but the softness and roughness also has its appeal.
The first is Back Pasture, which is the view across the grass to the woods beyond. The play of sun and shadows of the trees on the mowed grass interested me. I inked the plate with Caligo Safe Wash ink then removed - or should that be revealed - the lighter sections of the piece with rag, cotton swabs and fingers then printed it using a japanese paper.
The second image was from imagination, spurred on by a small painting that I'm working on of the sea. I wanted a dark sky this time and a bright moon on the water. The same process was used as the previous print, moving ink from the plate.
When the ink dried, which was fairly quick on this absorbent paper, I thought I'd add some colour and used oil sticks. I also took a ghost print of the water piece and may add colour to that with a different medium, perhaps watercolour.
I think both coloured and uncoloured have appeal, but for these subjects I prefer the uncoloured version. Which do you prefer?