When I started working on the etching for the 20:20 I was just playing with shapes and trying quick resists. I used sellotape to blank out part of the plate and stencilled circles and stars through sequin waste with acrylic paint. When I looked at it I thought that stripes would work in the blank spaces and after proofing I decided that text would improve it.
So I etched the text onto a blank plate and redid the composition behind it. When it was proofed it wasn’t successful. The text and image fight each other. I may play with it with different colours but not for the print swop.
However I had another go at inking the first aluminium plate using a warmer coloured ink. I liked the look of it after wiping with scrim (but before polishing with tissue). I decided to test print and I was really surprised. I’ve now printed the rest of the edition
We went away last week to Port Isaac, a beautiful village in Cornwall. We walked and I took lots of photos. Have got some new ideas for books and prints
Linked to an exhibition at Salford Art Gallery Sean and Lois at Hot Bed Press are doing a workshop over four days, two weekends. Rather than concentrating on a specific printmaking method or producing a finished image it is aimed at making you look, mix processes, think and experiment. The first two days, looking at line and mark making, shape and composition, were great. No work that I’m going to post but lots of ideas to take forwards, which is the whole point of the exercise.
I am so looking forward to the next session next weekend