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Print 1. Assignment 1: Tutor feedback response

Those of you who follow my blog will know that I don’t publish my tutor reports in my learning log.  I believe these are between the tutor and pupil.  However, there are times when specific feedback points require a response … Continue reading

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Backdrawn contertina booklet

Continuing on with my stitched backdrawn samples from September, post here, I’ve now had a chance to finish them all and make a sample booklet with the ones I didn’t swap. During this printing course I’ve accumulated lots of small … Continue reading

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Print 1. Assignment 1: Reading material

During this assignment I have referred to the following books, as well as others (recorded in the relevant posts) for research points: There aren’t many pages about monoprinting in this book but there is a lot of information crammed in … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 4: Research Point – Part 3.

Lino Mannocci (1945-) This follow-up post regarding Lino Mannocci is because I’m very pleased to have received permission from the artist via the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge UK to use some of the images of his work from their website.  … Continue reading

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Print 1. Assignment 1: Review

Reflection. If I could choose only one word to describe the beginning of this course it would be Challenging.  Even though I had slightly dabbled with oil paints before I still felt like a complete beginner and it took quite … Continue reading

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Print 1. Assignment 1: Sketchbook work

Some sketchbook work within this period. A friend was critiquing Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, so I had a look at some of his work as well. I had a few days away in Vietnam. I liked the lacquer bowls I saw … Continue reading

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Print 1. Assignment 1: Monoprints

This assignment is being submitted on-line through my learning log.  Here are the prints I have chosen from the earlier projects. Task 1 (Project 1) Two early experimental prints (blog post 11/6/14 & 20/6/14): A printed study from life (blog … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 4: Research point – Part 2.

Exploring printmakers using texture. Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) Automobile Tire Print, 1953 Robert Rauschenberg attended the Black Mountain College, under the tutelage of Josef Albers who I researched when looking at Anni Albers during my last course.  Rauschenberg describes Albers as … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 4: Research point – Part 1.

Exploring printmakers using texture. Jon Cattapan. Dominik Mersch Gallery 16/10-15/11/14: ‘I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR’ – PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS, MONOTYPES Exhibition. The opening of this exhibition last week was very informative as the artist spoke in-depth about both his influences and his … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 4: Still life – Experimentation

Re-examining the bowl. I’m finding the start of this printing course agonising.  Everything is new to me and I’m working much more slowly than I feel I should and being very painstaking in my planning and results.  This aspect of … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 4: Still life

Bowl Study. My aim with this section of the project is to explore some textural effects and continue to improve both my colour mixing and placement when using multiple masks. In the following prints the backgrounds were produced first, followed … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 4: Dread

With war and terrorism prominent in the news these days I considered the emotions of the population caught up in war zones, those who don’t have anything to do with the fight but who are trapped in regions of unrest … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 4: Bushfires

Following the progress of a bushfire as it advances on my home. 110gsm cartridge paper. Fire from the valley behind finally reaching the brow of the hill and enveloping the skyline tree growth. 110gsm cartridge paper. Fire advancing across the … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 4: Self Portrait

Each of the images below show the way I see myself in different moods and different times of the day.  I spent some time developing the idea and then photocopied some images from my sketchbook.  A basic photocopy was then … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 3: Backdrawing experimentation

I liked the idea of this print so I printed a whole lot of small images on calico. I find this backdrawing method is extremely effective on fabric and I’ve managed to get a good transfer of ink with some … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 3: Research point

Exploring artists who use backdrawing. Paul Gauguin. The exhibition Metamorphoses: Paul Gauguin’s Oil Transfer Drawings held earlier this year at MoMA showcased around 150 works, 120 of them on paper, however not all pieces were transfer drawn.  The write-up of … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 3: Backdrawing stage 2

Backdrawing from life I first decided to trial a new registration method that I read about in one of our textbooks.  The idea is to help keep the paper in place whilst layers are built up.  Normally I wouldn’t have … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 3: Backdrawing stage 1

Again, I started with something simple to get the idea of back drawing. The plate was inked with red, a previous ghost print of my eagle design was placed over the surface and a design was drawn on to the … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 3: Textural printing

Moving on from just working with masked areas, we are now exploring creating texture within prints. I started with something simple: A light colour-wash was applied to medium texture water-colour paper.  As I chose to make a bigger print than … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 3: Further multicolour printing

Using the candle image. This image from the previous section didn’t come out terribly well so I decided to use it as a base to add more layers. I thinned my light yellow ink and printed a light wash over … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 3: Multicolour prints – progress.

Multicolour prints – three layers. All prints are on 110gsm cartridge paper except the ghost print which is on 80gsm photocopy paper. Using one of my green prints previously shown I offset the mask and printed the grey eagle.  Once … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 3: Multicolour prints

Multicolour prints – first layer. After the recent printing issues I’ve simplified my process by choosing to use just plain 110gsm cartridge paper for the start of this exercise, as detailed in my previous post, because I feel my problems … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 3: Further two colour masked prints

I’ve cut a simple candle design that I drew earlier in the course to see if a less detailed shape will give better print results.  Frankly, at this point, I’m not looking at the artistic side of my designs, I’m … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 3: Experimentation

Playing with the images. I have to confess to getting quite frustrated with the printing results so far.  So, to lighten my mood, I had a mess about for my own enjoyment instead of trying for the outcomes required by … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 3: Two coloured masked monoprints

Here I am combining both positive and negative masks within each print, thereby achieving a two coloured outcome, hopefully accurately aligned.  In my last project I used plastic coated paper to make my masks but am using photocopy paper for … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 2: Review

How did you find this process? Printing is new to me so it has taken a while to get used to my oil paints/inks.  Painting with brushes in project 1 was completely different to trying to achieve a flat evenly … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 2: Research point

Matisse’s Blue Nudes & other cut-outs. Images of his Blue Nudes and his other cut work can be viewed here. I spent some time first researching how his cut-outs were produced and from what I’ve read it seems that the … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 2: Printing using masks

Creating positive and negative images using masks. Note: Where I have written ‘wet’ next to the paper type and weight it means that the paper has been immersed in a tray of water then dried between towels leaving it damp, … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 2: Making the masks

As we will be using both the positive and negative images I decided to cut my masks using a sharp point craft knife, hoping to get a precise edge so I can use both sections from the one cut.  It … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 2: Finding a design

Looking for a simple but effective outline design for positive and negative masked monoprints I considered the following: candles and lighters, various small birds including swallow, hummingbird and the like, sharks, flowers and eagles. Being left-handed I tend to draw … Continue reading

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Print 1. Inspired by Bruno Leti

A day at AGNSW (Art Gallery of NSW), part of which was spent in the research library, resulted in discovering Bruno Leti, a painter, printmaker, photographer and book artist. Born in Italy in 1941, he came to Australia when he … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 1: Review

Considering the slow and rocky start I had to this project I feel that I’ve made quite a bit of progress over the last few weeks.  The following are some of the things I’ve explored: Using a variety of media … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 1: Tulip monotype prints

And finally ………. Deb posted a very helpful tip on my last blog post regarding printing on pre-soaked paper.  So today I’ve spent the day looking into that.  Along with some helpful comments from my tutor, who I wrote to … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 1: More painted monoprints

Still having a few printing problems so I’ve read back through my previous posts in this project to review what continues to go wrong and where I’m improving.  Print improvements are minimal but colour mixing is going very well. So … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 1: Painted monoprint from life

For the still life section I looked at many items and arrangements, finally deciding on a replica Etruscan vase and a sun visor.  I took various photos of them, uploaded and reversed them to see how the final print would … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 1: Research Point

Edgar Degas: Monotypes I decided against researching Degas on-line in favour of the huge amount of books available at my local libraries.  Sitting each day reading a little more, reviewing some of his works and learning about his influences has … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 1: Further experiments

Here we are looking at colour mixing, layering colours and more brush effects. Right: 130gsm drawing paper.  I started with black, white and Hansa yellow light.  From these I mixed a light and medium grey and a variety of greens … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 1: Oil based ink issues

Getting the consistency right. Over the last few days I’ve been reading more about monotype printing.  I hadn’t realised that monoprinting is the generic terminology for (essentially) prints that are a one-off, even if they are built using several layers … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 1: First monoprints

Experiments in mark making and painted plates. This section requires experimentation using various brush marks on the printing plate. I am working using a non-slip woven base on my work top.  The paper registration template sits on top of this … Continue reading

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Introducing monoprints – Research point

Before starting my first monoprints the course manual asks me to undertake some research by looking at work produced by my classmates, those who are either further on in the course or who finished the course within recent years.  At … Continue reading

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Introducing monoprints – equipment & materials

Having read through much of my new course material, and been given a choice of materials, I have decided to use oil based paints.  Whilst I am not enthusiastic about the possible odour and the clean-up routine I believe they … Continue reading

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