The value of experimentation
No-one gets it right first time and I’ve a vision in my head that has been difficult to translate into reality.
Having had a brain stuffed with home renovations, builders, paint choices and so on for well over a month now I’ve had little head space available for any creativity. However, I still have my new project, Circuits, simmering under the surface.
A few weeks ago I started looking at ways to create coloured backgrounds for future prints to sit atop. I’ve been gradually building this resource, with little success until today.
Here’s an overview of my experimentation:
The blending solution, which is solvent based and applied with a dropper, has migrated through the paper to the back. As I’m using these pieces for another project I gave the backs a wash with water-colour and, hey presto, the blending solution repelled the water-colour.
I brushed a piece of Stonehenge printing paper with water and, using a dropper, I dropped water-colour onto it to see how far it would spread.
I dropped water-colour onto dry paper and left the blob to dry overnight. I dropped plain water onto the same print paper in another area. It sat in a large bubble, so I moved it around a little before dropping water-colour paint into it. I left it to dry out for 15 hours.
I think I’ve got what I want. The water-colour paint has separated a little giving a change of colour, especially where it sits at the edge of the original water layer. I like, and want, the sharp outline while maintaining a soft centre.
Interestingly, considering blue is my least favourite colour by a mile, I like the effect I see here and this colour should work well with my linocut prints. Now I’ve got to create larger pieces ready for work in the print studio.