The designs I choose from all those I’ll be producing over the coming weeks will be scanned into the computer and used to generate a cohesive whole. I normally create my designs and work up the layers directly from paint or printing ink on paper but I’m in the process of extending my knowledge of Photoshop and will be working within that program to unify a range of individual components.
Using only the four colours I chose from my Colour Selector I’ve started applying paint and stencils to gelli plates and pulling prints. The brayer hasn’t been cleaned between colours which has extended my colour range by natural mixing when rolling or stencilling. Most of the time I’ve used the paints directly from the tube, rolling thinly without adding water, as I’m after strong impressions. Some have been printed on creamy yellow watercolour paper, others are on white cartridge.
The Matisse Flow acrylic paints stay open longer than the Structure paints enabling me to apply stencils and a couple of paint layers without drying out before pulling the print. However, being a more flowing paint it does have a tendency to leak under some of the more lightweight plastic stencils. When I get to the Photoshop stage I’ll be able to clean this up if I want to.
I’m very happy with this start and particularly the colour range but work will have to be done to clean up a few of the samples, depending on which I decide to use. Some of the squares and rectangles could have a better pattern definition. This may be something that will be covered in the class, so I’ll wait until I’m at the point of using them before I do anything.
Meantime I’m cutting a few different stencils to increase the amount of shapes I have to pick from.