Painted Monoprints from Life
…Explore a subject as your would in a painting. A painted image on the printing plate can be transferred to your printing paper and produces an exciting and creative response to your subject.
I chose two objects as instructed with different textures and made some sketches in my sketchbook to find the composition I was happy with.
I was attracted to the spool of string for its textures and pattern of wound thread which was a contrast to the smooth ceramic of the milk jug.
From the selected sketch I made several prints, mostly reworking the original plate with a variety of marks, tones and ink consistencies. Understanding the nature of the inks and how they print is a vast learning curve. Allowing the result to reveal itself without too much of a preconceived idea is a lesson in itself.
Again I have used black, brown, orange and gold inks – still awaiting delivery of my supplies but these have worked pretty well regardless.
This was interesting and quite surprising in its results. I was disappointed with the black ink, which was quite different in consistency, direct from the tube, to the other inks although they were all water-soluble and the same brand. Generally, I think that Print 3 was probably the most successful:
… although I actually like the last print the best of them all – shame about the orange blob on the string though:
- It may well be beneficial to test the inks before using on the image to understand how each behaves with different levels of concentration to water/solvent – even when using the same brands
- Take care with random drips and blobs that will spoil the overall effect
- Don’t let preconceived ideas of the end result take root!