Last week on my 'printing' holiday at Woodgate, I produced many monoprints. Some photos of these are below.... most of the prints I will be incorporating into book structures, most based around the concertina form - accordian with tunnel, back to back accordian etc.
I sourced my materials from the shoreline, trees on the sand dunes, and from the swamp lands near the Woodgate township.
I particularly enjoyed working with ferns, using the fronds as a pallete to capture the texture of objects used in successive print layers. The magic of monoprinting really inspires me to push the boundaries and discover new ways of printing. I have just perfected a new technique of printing from other prints - hence I only need to ink up my plate once to produce at least 4 prints.
I find its important for me to print regularly, even if its simple monoprinting, I can always learn something new and get inspired whilst I print. Most of my prints are composed and developed as I work, not a lot of preplanning required. This time at Woodgate however I carefully prepared my papers before I started printing so that the paper sizes suited the book structures I was aiming for.
Watch this space for the books I create.
|Fern collected from Tea-tree swamp|
|Cotton tree leaf and casuarina fronds|
|Guinea Fowl stencil with chine colle paper pattern|