Its always a good thing to challenge oneself.
So, keeping that in mind, last week I decided to create a monochromatic print using multiple plates, keeping the composition simple and minimalistic. My usual technique is lots of colour on one plate with tons of mark making. So how did I go?
My theme was one of my favourite - magpies. This time I wanted to tell the story of a magpie hunting for grubs on my back lawn.
The print that I completed consisted of 4 plates - 3 monoprint and 1 drypoint. I ended up with a series of 2 successful prints and 6 failed prints. I had many failures due to issues with accurate registration, which detracted from the pleasure of the process but a great learning opportunity as well. The plates moved as I lowered the paper on top, particularly the feather as it wasn't flat.
My plates were:
- Drypoint of a grub
- Monoprinted Magpie stencil
- Ghost monoprint of string (to represent the Magpie's song OR it could be the path of the grub under the ground)
- Monoprint of a feather
Would I do it again? Hmmmmmm..... maybe I'll try it where the plates are odd sizes and don't have to line up. :-)
|Making the drypoint plate using acrylic sheet and etching tool|
|Printing the 4 plates. The registration sheet is below|
the plastic liner on the bed press.
|Revealing the print.|
|Revealing another print.|
|One of the final prints "Magpie in My Garden".|
Can you see the story?