Clutter has slowly been creeping into the Green Room so I’ve just had a major clean up and throw out. Lurking underneath piles of ‘stuff’ were these few random little test prints that I unearthed ! Amongst them some hand coloured polystyrene prints, etched lino, 2 plate collograph plates using stencils and drypoint collographs. They’re not great, but a test plate (a first) always has a certain raw charm and it’s good to keep these proofs as a record of my learning curve as I experiment with new techniques and mediums. I went through a monocolour, one layer phase and most of these prints reflect that. Slowly I am beginning to embrace multi-layers and more colours !! I thought I’d share this little handful of test prints with you
Printed etched lino block today…..it was difficult to print as it was not bitten deeply the result was “splotchy” and fuzzy. I definately need a better roller ! The prints weren’t terribly successful and I’m trying to enhance them by hand painting ! Managed to “waste” lots of paper – trying to achieve a good print of something today ! But as usual BIG learning curve.
“Morning Yoga – the first 2 “not so successful” experimental bleed prints
“Morning Yoga” – the etched lino block
The lino was blocked out using bitumen paint (and the use of paper stencils) then etched with caustic soda. Lino mark making is usually so direct and considered but etching lino provides a whole new and exciting twist – you can achieve whimsical, painterly, marks. I am enthused about lino again.