Take two products …
Last year I invested in several new stencils. In theory I could have cut some of them myself but the strain on my hands and possible mistakes when doing this wasn’t worth it. So the question becomes this: is my printed outcome really my own work as I’ve used a commercially available product as a start point? Before deciding let’s explore how I used it.
For this project I limited myself to two items, the aforementioned stencil and some sequin waste. I love sequin waste, it gives great results when both printing and masking. If you’re not familiar with it, imagine a strip of coloured synthetic (plastic essentially) ‘foil’ where the sequin shapes have been cut away. The remainder is often sold as a roll in discount shops and I picked some up years ago and have been using it ever since.
When monoprinting a while ago I kept the waste prints from my cut sequin shape. No use as a print but good to upload into Photoshop and manipulate. I painstakingly cut it from the background, resized it and improved the image.
As it was now a psd file and free-standing I was able to use it as and where I wanted in a new composition.
Moving on to the stencil, I chose an existing monoprint I’d made with acrylic paints and clingfilm as my base. By scanning, applying Photoshop filters, layering, rotating and fading I was able to build a multi-layer image over the background before inserting the sequin print scan.
I exposed my solar plate and took a proof print.
And I added colour.
I immediately realised it was impossible to limit a single colour to the ‘information cells’ section without it straying onto the ‘cables’ area, so I approached it from another angle. I mixed varying strengths of blue, strategically spread them across the whole surface ensuring I had the most intense hue on the cells then I overlaid yellow in selected places.
I’ll leave the viewer to decide if this use of commercial products, albeit distorted from their origin, constitutes an outcome demonstrating my own concepts, or not.