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Project 4 :Variations using masks and multi-colours

Further experimentation adding colour and using masks to develop prints: 

I used the additional prints carried out earlier as the base for printing successive layers using a variety of techniques, including: impressed texture, backdrawing and masking. Using a small sketch of the view from the studio window, I attempted to recreate the image using print.

I used tracing paper, I created a number of masks to add additional colour to emphasise the house gable end and the trees. I dropped water on the printing plate to vary the texture in the foreground, which added interest by was difficult for me to control.

I then covered all areas except the sky to allow me to balance the colour composition of the prints as some areas were too pale.

On some prints, I used backdrawing and imprinting with corrugated cardboard to build up the form of the houses.

Landscapes produced from layered colour ask and impressed techniques 

Reflections

I really enjoyed using these techniques. However I did find it difficult to create fine detail. However, the effects created by the printing process really added to the visual interest of the prints. For this reason, it was even more important to thoroughly plan the pieces as well as possible before starting printing.

Wome of the prints are quite well registered, but the addition of masks seemed to make this more difficult to achieve due to slippage of the sides of the masks. I tried taping these down with masking tape but ther was still some dragging across the print.

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Project 3:variations using masks and multi-colours

Experimentation with impressed textures

I started the project by experimenting with impressed textures using a range of different materials: crushed velvet, bubble wrap, sponges (soft, and hardened by paint  dried in). I also worked with corrugated card of various different lengths. This was done on a plate inked with a single colour.

I experimented with placing the card onto the ink and pressing and also using a small roller to create a stronger imprint. The swirls in this print were created by by twisting the end of a small sponge. I also scraped into the ink using the end of a paintbrush.

Corrugated card was very effective in creating images which could suggest railings, buildings, fences, railways tracks. The swirl shapes could be used in trees and clouds and for the creation of abstract interest.

A number of further project experiments with the addition of colours and masks were undertaken.

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Close up of textures obtained using impressed textures

Masked monoprints with texture

 

Method
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.

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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.