Sunday, 4 January 2015

Mono Printing

As well as Lino cut printing, we were introduced to monoprinting.  Named because you can only create the print once.  I loved and hated it.  I love how unpredictable it is.  Not knowing the effect you are going to get.  It is great for creating textures and patterns, and for achieving a more interesting line than say e.g. nib or pencil.

The hate part is the mess. You can suddenly find yourself surrounded by 50 sheets of inked paper with nothing you like or are happy with.  You can easily let it frustrate you and make you want to throw everything away as a waste of time.

But, like most artists media, you have to make mistakes, and figure out how you can make the medium work for you.

For my illustration using monoprinting, the brief was open, so I decided to do a little picture of my friend who was visiting Edinburgh at the time from Australia.  I did lots and lots of different prints and then composed and coloured in Photoshop.

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