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Saturday, 27 October 2012

A New Take on an Old Favourite: Mixing Things up with some Lino Cutting, Rotation Over-Printing and Lots of Bright Colours!

Over summer I had bought a piece of lino to cut and doing so provided me with the perfect relief over the course of an otherwise stressful task - moving house! Taking my favorite shapes out of their natural, fossil-like environment and introducing them to a new, more geometrically based realm, drawing parallels to my own experience. Still drawing similar references to my previous etching style - playing with negating and positive space and the possibilities different layers and transparencies can offer. I drew strong references from a trip to Bristol where I came across some of the most astounding street work I have ever seen after the street art festival, See No Evil.

The lino plate in the final stages of being cut out
Multi tonal, 180 plate rotation print on some beautiful, Japanese, Tosa Washi paper.

My workspace - inking up the tile and having fun mixing bright colours!

Who would have thought one person could use so many cotton wool buds in one go...

Colour proof on newsprint.

My favorite result - in my opinion, the best use of colour from what was produced.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Growth and Process: Deconstrusted

Since my post,  Hand Colouring, Stitching, Deconstruction, New Plates,  where I had newly etched 8 new zinc plates, I have been experimenting with them and finding out what exciting range of prints they can offer. Here are some snaps of what has been achieved so far.

A selection of single plate prints

180 Degree flip over printing with a spot of colour. I'm liking the 'decayed' versus 'growth' battle going on in this one.

I played around with very thin, fine layers of soft, heathery coloured inks. The relief etching/off-set prints are fairly quick to achieve so it meant I could try lots of possible outcomes, messing around with overlaying multiple plates and transparencies. Here is one of my favourites.

And then trying vice-verse chine-colle and a touch of good fun to create this colourful diptych.