Print 1. Project 9: Review

Firstly consider the marks you have been able to make.  Does a theme spring to mind when you see them?  They might remind you of the textures in a landscape or the effect of light on water.  Can you see how they might be incorporated into a portrait or something more abstract?

Interesting questions.  No I can’t readily see a theme and nothing instantly springs to mind for most of the marks I’ve made.  The lines made with the narrow saw blade successfully translated into a feeling of movement and depth in my lotus plant prints and the brayer and push-pin produced finer lines than the my .5mm cutter could.

The effect of the soldering iron melting the lino is wonderful and it’s possible to make a flowing sharply curved line more quickly than using the lino cutters.  I also found it very controllable and less likely to slip than the lino cutters.  However, the cut is quite thick with slightly jagged edges – very attractive but not smooth-edged if you are looking for something precisely cut, such as my Project 8 fabric design.

I see these techniques becoming more useful as I move further through the course and I hope to incorporate them into something less formal, more abstract and perhaps layered and textured.


About Claire B

I am a passionate printmaker, paper maker and book artist. I'm a 'forever' student and frequently attend courses and workshops to extend and improve my creative skills.
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