Design Play: Exercise 3 – Final design & prints

The goal: To turn solid shapes into line drawings, create variations on the theme and translate these into a workable design to print.

Stage 1 of this exercise started by using photos of Walking Irises in my garden.  I developed and abstracted the flowers and added other components.

Stage 2 I worked on the individual aspects and created a composition, culminating in an etched solar plate ready for printing.

This final stage shows the printed images including the best print, hand-coloured (seeing as I’m enjoying my Inktense pigment pencils so much).

Above left: Black oil based ink + 40% extender on 250gsm Arches 88 paper. Right: Dairylide yellow/ultramarine blue/black mix + 40% extender on 125gsm cartridge proofing paper.

Above: Black oil based ink + 40% extender, magenta mix (from another person using the studio), Inktense pigment pencils, on 250gsm Arches 88 paper.

Great outcome, learned a lot from this exercise and the resulting prints.


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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2 Responses to Design Play: Exercise 3 – Final design & prints

  1. apennypiece says:

    Dear Claire, I am doing MMT at OCA and about to start my next asssignment which is printing.
    Reading your blog I know you are particularly interested in printing.
    I need to produce a series of monotype and Collatype prints. Have you any basic advice that may help. Just a good paper perhaps or mixing acrylics with mediums.
    I would really appreciate it.

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