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Project 4:textured abstract with back drawing

The subject matter for this project was inspired by some diagrams drawn by my dad demonstrating the effect of momentum on collisions. I found this after his recent death and wanted to explore how I could incorporate them into a visual arts project.

I explored a number of ways of using the spherical imaged within the context of a print, exploring a number of different compositions within my sketchbook. A number of colour options were also explored. Initially I was keen to create strong visual impact by using strongly contrasting colours. As the project progressed, I used more subdued colours which seemed to work well for the subject material.


Figure 1:  Inspiration for abstract print with back drawn symbols



                   Figure 2: masked and textured monoprints from momentum studies

For the initial print, the plate was inked up using violet, with pre-prepared masks cut in 3 different sizes used to protect the circular areas. The negative mask was later used to enable printing with yellow. The White of the paper was allowed to show around the middle circle. The next print was made using the ghost print, varying the colours used on the circles and applying direction arrows using back drawing and black ink. I also experimented with inking over the masks directly. Texture was created I a purple inked plate using bubble wrap imprinted onto the plate directly. Circles were then added using black ink and backdrawing.

Finally a collage was created using the resulting masks and left over rollers ink.


I felt that the initial yellow and purple print was the most successful of the batch of prints, having the greatest colour impact. However, I liked the collage which brought together all of the colours I had used. I think the project was moderately successful but would definitely have benefitted from more careful planning and more experimentation before reaching a final print.


Masked monoprints with texture


For this print I wanted to explore the potential for using dendritic monoprinting combined with masking to create a landscape inspired by the Chinese landscape painter Fu Baoshi, in particular, the painting Mountains in Sichuan, in which successive mountain ridges receded high above the flat terrain in the foreground. I attempted to recreate this scene initially using torn paper and then moved on to creating masks.

I printed the lightest base colour initially and gradually added several masked layers using both positive and negative masking to create the mountain range.

I found that moving the mask to create a small ridge of white from the paper worked well and explored a number of different ways of working with the masks. The final print involved creating the dendritic forms using a glass and a plastic plate which were inked up and pulled gently apart. These were then printed into the lower part of the plate.
I mixed a brown gray using blue and orange and added some purple remaking from the masking process.

The biggest challenge was controlling the amount of spread of the printing ink on the paper to avoid covering features of the print which I wanted to keep.

I took several prints from the plate and really liked the variations created by the process.

overall I was pleased with the results but struggled to keep the paper clean throughout the printing process.