So, I am a terrible blogger! I have been busy with my course and adjusting to setting up a working area for all the drawing, painting, sewing that I still need to collect and set up storage for, I have come to the conclusion that no matter how clean and tidy you keep everything, with out easy accessible storage you are going to find small spaces hard to work in. So I have begun to lay out in my note book various ideas for storage as well as a few places that have constant great storage ideas.
Onto the slightly more interesting parts, I finnished my project which was to create a series of monotypes that depicted -transformation- I did mine with the first image being nature, unspoilt by man, the next there are buildings and people there, the next the city is semi in rubble and the last with nature growing all over the buildings. I like how it turned out and hopefully unless I suddenly have another idea or want to redo it to get a better image of it or a longer series will stick with it.
My next project has very interuptive print rules, so if one of the rules I have laid out to print to happens, I put the tools down and take a print of the image I am doing, after thats done I continue cutting away until another interuption pops up and I print again. It should be fun to see the image come out from the plain block to something completed.
As I am doing wood/lino printing now for this printmaking unit, I decided to experiment with a reduction block (suicide block) which was the term Pablo Picasso gave to the technique (So I have read). You start with a block surface cutting away only the areas you want to print white, printing your base color, which was in my print yellow, I cut away further to the parts I wanted to show through yellow and printed the next layer with orange, cutting away even more to expose some of the orange I then laid down a layer of red, and finally with everything else that is cut away I printed off the black layer. I had no elaborate plans when I first started this image, just a simple head that I had doodled in my sketch book. I am extremely pleased with the way that it has turned out!
If you decide to try this method of working, be sure to think about how you wish the image to turn out and that you have planned how many prints you want to get out of it. As you will not be able to reprint steps after you have cut away from your block. I have a few more projects going on at the moment but hopefully by my next post I will have gotten some images to post!