An impressive final session
We all presented our work – it took the whole afternoon. Brian made helpful and appreciative comments. People’s work was truly amazing – so much so that I forgot to take photos for the first part of the session.
I also learned so much – I think we all did – and made a list of things that I learned – see below.
What was stunning was the variety of ways people had used printing – we all had had the same introduction but after that we followed our own paths – in terms of ideas and the way we see the world, the way we interpreted the techniques that monoprints and lino printing offered – and also our experience of printing. Personally, at the beginning, as I commented on Day 1 didn’t even really know what a print was.
Meanwhile here are a few photos from the session.
Things I learned from other people’s work
- Monoprinting – use very small amounts of ink
- Print on different kinds of paper – can’t remember if this was monoprinting or relief printing as well – tissue paper, newsprint, fabric – all looked wonderful
- Print one print partly to one side of the other
- Use a biro to get a fine line
- Apply different colours to the the lino at the same time
- Put a lino print on top of a monoprint
- Use different implements to make marks eg a fork
- Soak water on the reverse side of a (computer) printed photo to get the image on to another surface – think I might need a bit more explanation here
- Blow up an image on a photocopier after you’ve printed it, then print on top of it
- Monoprinting – use more than one colour ink
- Scrape ink off in patches from an inked lino
- Create depth by using different colours, textures, photocopies
- Mono print on top of a photocopy
- Scanning the lino/wood cut can give a 3D surface effect
- Run your print under the tap (use thicker paper)
- Draw from life straight onto a monoprint
- Do a rubbing on a lino cut with a pencil or graphite stick to check what your print will look like – to see if you need more cuts
- Use photoshop to try out different colours – use the paint, fill tools, magic wand
- Keep a journal