Just been to Upfest, a street art festival in Bristol spread out over the town, packed with artist doing their thing, had to dodge the British weather but still got to see some great art. Another thing to add to my list of things to try.
As we continue in my art class with our still life theme, we have tried musical instrument and mono printing, this is a wonderful technique where you paint glass or a ceramic tile with oil paint and by using pressure, transfer the image onto paper, it was suggested that you could only take a single print and to use smooth paper, I had a go using watercolour paper and water with my water soluble oil paint and got a very pleasing result that I might work up some more.
Then we went back to basics, pencils and cloth I am told this was first principles for artist and they would spend hours studying the folds in cloth, I loved this exercise and became completely lost in it for far too many hours in class and afterwards.
Still working on our fables theme we are now creating lino cut prints as part of this project, yet another thing I have not done before and definitely something I am going to revisit.
So we started with our designs. I sketched a few ideas around the Strawberry fable then we made a lino cut, this week we made our first prints.
So after a week of scratching and cutting we get to do some printing.
I was surprised by the amount of effort that goes into making a print., inking your plate and scrubbing the ink into your design, then cleaning your plate, soaking your paper and laying it all out on the bed of the press covering it in blankets and finally running it through.
it was great to get to the big reveal at the end.
I was pleased with the results and can see how artist are captivated by the process of print making.
What I like about my art class is we are always being introduced to something new, we have started to make some plates for printing from Tetra Pack (silver foiled backed cartons) and mount card.
The idea is you cut or scratch your design into the plate, ink it up with a roller and run it through a press, not got to fun messy bit yet, just started to make my plates, at this point its all back to front anticipation.