Monday … day after Yesterday
Two or three weeks ago I did a viscosity printing workshop. Where I learned the use of inks,oils and glue and the ways they react when used on a collage plate. It seems that the stickiness of the ink and its combination with the oil on the plate that has various textures and layers of glue make for an image, full of colour, texture, light, shade, shape and density.
It is a complicated procedure and the results are as you can image, mixed and not always pleasing at first sight.
What I mean is, while we might have idea in our head and work towards that; often the result is not as we hoped. It can go one of two ways, good or bad. However, in the classroom situation there is always another point of view and we can find some redeeming features. This all might sound like the Mutual Admiration Society but this is what we do.
Until we get home and give it a go! While getting to grips, trying to remember the ‘recipe,’ methods and keeping to the rules; I struggled this weekend. Frustrated as I had limited time; I put away my prints until next time. This of course is not a disaster it will give me a chance to rethink, consider the viscosity of the ink and colours used, the rollers etc., I will add another layer of glue and re-shellac.
I am not expecting any answers … it is just that while working alone it does take time to hear that little voice of our inner artist.
These practice pieces will be layered with more glue so the surface resists the ink more readily. However, this is a work in progress and I do like the intensity of the colour in parts.
So here I am the morning after the day before, the prints are a little more attractive and my initial thought good/bad is somewhere in between and they are not now destined for the bin.