I've spent a few days at the Kings Bridge Cottage printing monotypes using leaves I've picked up during my walks during the gorge. The prints I've done are fairly formulaic for me, but its like therapy and its been interesting having to work with limited materials. I only brought a basic selection of colours of inks - yellow, ochre, blue, red, black, brown and white - so its been a challenge to find the 'right' combinations. I dislike using colours straight from the tube, so I'm always mixing or toning them down a bit so they're not so bright.
In my studio, I use an etching press for my monoprints (except when I do gelatine monoprinting). I have a table top press that prints A4 but its pretty heavy and takes up a small suitcase on its own, without all the associated consumables like inks. So for this trip, I invested in a Xpress die-cut machine after getting a lead from the facebook group 'Top Printmaking Tips'. For more information about the machine: http://www.annieday.com.au/xpress
Using the Xpress die-cut machine, I was able to print my small collagraphs and monoprints.
I also purchased some lovely paper from the local Birchalls store at a bargain price, though I had to fold it to fit it in my backpack so I could ride home with it. It was almost painful to fold a beautiful A1 sheet!
I've really enjoyed my 2 weeks at Cataract Gorge, the mix of urban and natural areas was very interesting and fits perfectly with my themes of the urbanisation of the natural world. This site is particularly interesting due to its history and the manipulation of the landscape since the late 1800's. Its also been refreshing to be away from my daily routine, to wake up in the morning with very little planned except to walk, ride, read and create. Heaven!
|Printing in the cottage's kitchen with the Xpress Diecut Machine|
|Monoprint in progress|
|I donated an artwork to the Cottage,|
this one's a monoprint using Dogwood leaves
found on the Duck Reach Walk
|I found some fresh Kangaroo Grass but it was too green and fleshy to use. |
Here it is squished on the plate after the first print.
The Kangaroo Grass at home in Queensland is dry and easy to work with.
|Monoprint using local grasses|