MMT4 Workbook 2 pages 174-183
Polyfilla fix and grout was used for this plate. It was a bit stiff to spread and difficult to burnish as the scrim caught on the scratchy surface although it had been sealed with acrylic gel. A more substantial material like varnish would probably be better than acrylic gel as a sealant in future.
Marks were made into the polyfilla with a grouting tool, a credit card and various natural plant material.
Trying Brenda Hartill’s rub method with yellow, then magenta then cyan was successful, producing lots of texture and a 3D effect.
Print 1 of 2
Print 2 of 2
To experiment with other materials and revisit media used to create texture in Assignment 3, a block was constructed with Pebeo molding paste, Pebeo texture paste and Liquitex molding paste. To ’embed natural items’ a technique used by Brenda Hartill, echinops seeds were adhered with Evostick wood glue. The plate was sealed with acrylic gel.
The first print was on Arches 88 paper which is very absorbent using yellow and magenta ink, causing a quickening of my pulse as the embossed reverse, then vibrant, textural print was revealed.
Although the plate could have been burnished a little more to avoid thick patches of ink, the different materials have created some interesting textures. A second print was taken onto the less absorbent Pink Pig 270g watercolour paper using yellow, then magenta then blue. The resulting colour combination was a little strange but more attention to burnishing improved the result and detail achieved particularly the stippled effect of the full circle and the speckled surround. There was still a little too much paint around some of the seeds.