monoprinting: a few results…

Monoprint © Mari French 2017

Monoprint © Mari French 2017

Well, here are some of the results of my recent monoprinting on gel plate sessions (as written about in my previous post here). I’m fairly pleased with some of them, not so sure about others, but trying out a completely different process or medium is a great way of shaking you out of an artist’s block or the doldrums or that feeling of ‘what next’. I recommend it!

I soon learnt a few things too…
Printmaking paper may work better than watercolour paper (less size), so I’ve ordered some Somerset smooth white paper;
Open acrylics (Golden) definitely work better (as do Atelier Interactive) as they don’t dry quite so fast. Alternatively I found that adding gloss acrylic medium helped with consistency and slowed down drying time a bit;
Allow lots of time for cleaning up and do it often, acrylics seem to dry particularly quickly on brayers.

 

I’d still like to produce the soft look of the paint on the gelli plate itself; by the time the image has been transferred to the paper it’s lost that quality. Something worth working on.

After a few days of producing these prints I decided to have a break and go back to painting (acrylics) for a while, and it’s been interesting how the monoprinting has fed back into the new paintings. But more of that in the next post!

sea garden…

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Following on from my earlier posts on Priest Cove at Cape Cornwall and the bathing pool cut into in the rocks, these are a few pieces of mixed media on paper I created recently, but this time thinking about the underwater space of the pool.

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KODAK Digital Still Camera

I’d spent several hours on my arts residency at Brisons Veor back in spring this year, perched on the manmade edge of this semi-natural pool peering into what was really a large rock pool. A beguiling sea garden of seaweeds, anemones, small fish and pebbles, under a calm rippled glinting surface (at least when the tide was out). The variety of life in this underwater landscape was captivating; the colours, shapes and textures so inspiring for an abstract artist!

ink and water…

This week I returned to the inspiration of the bathing pool at Priest Cove, Cape Cornwall (see the post on my Brison Veor residency from earlier this year).

To start with I’ve been working on small mixed-media pieces on paper including the two shown here, but this time with a wet-in-wet acrylic ink base. I wanted to evoke the feeling and sound of the tide approaching over the rocks and of the crashing waves inundating the pool, which is set into the rocks.

Today however, I decided to be braver and go bigger. I thought you might like to see a short video of me starting the first large piece.