“Experiments in mark making and painted plates.
“With your printing plate in front of you begin to make patterns of colour using your ink and brushes….”
For this first project, I used a hard glass plate as recommended, although I’m used to using a soft gelatine plate for monoprints, and my water-based Speedball block printing inks which I use for gelatine printmaking. I investigated the effect of adding water but this frequently just gave ‘splodges’ when the ink was too runny.
I found that, in general, the water-based inks dried quite quickly on the glass plate and I had to make the print promptly. The hard glass plate gave more effect of the brushmarks compared with what I am used to with a gelatine plate. Here are some of my prints:
This is a second ‘ghost’ print from the same plate as the first print.
First print and ghost print.
Again this print is a ghost of the previous one. In addition, it is a double print as I turned the paper around before printing again.