During the exercises, I thoroughly explored the processes and gained valuable experience with printing inks, papers and using two different presses. These techniques will all help with developing ideas in future.
Printing on tissue or fine hand made paper, with the following colour palette, gives a lovely aged feel to the prints and the qualities produced by spraying the inked plate with a solvent such as white spirit or brush thinners are very appealing and be useful to know.
Mark-making onto an acrylic, acetate or gelli plate to create a print combined with back drawing is useful technique which I would expect to use again. The loose, slightly quirky nature is very appealing.
The combination of lightweight paper, solvent splashes on the ink and the intricate detail of the grass highlights the potential for using printing as a means to develop ideas with plant materials. I love the gossamer like effect of printing fine detail with dilute inks on tissue.
The round print blocks were very effective and I’m keen to develop this form. With a love of visual and actual texture, collagraph has great potential for me, from acrylic media, embedded plant material, stitch, fabric and found items. The 3d effect, mixed colours, embossed and visual texture are visually exciting.
The simple glued circles sprinkled with carborundum are very effective in similar tones, with uneven character and a lovely deep, matt blue contrasting with the gently burnished background.
The quality and velvety finish to the paint is somehow rich and tactile in the following ribbon and lace print, I think its the cloudy, mottled look of the paint that is attractive to me rather than the plate, although the clarity and contrast of texture in a linear arrangement is effective.
The emphasis of the three-dimensional nature of the print is enhanced by the use of primary colour rubs in the following polyfilla plate. I am keen to continue building skills in the application and mixing of inks on the collagraph blocks.
I am very excited at the potential for using stitch with various materials to produce original designs for print from my own drawings as experienced below with thermogauze stabiliser and free machine stitch.
Continuing on the theme of developing ideas with stitch, the print from stitched acetate suggests great potential with firm grounds that can be punctured
and more flexible grounds that can be stitched or collaged as with the Tyvek below. This too is inspiration to work on subtle colour rubs.
The following is a favourite for the range of value and a reminder to explore different methods to achieve this.