I've been experimenting in print for a little while now, using techniques that are new to me but which better suit my style of working. I have always painted, even throughout art school where I began to outwardly produce linear, clean drawings and prints. I mainly painted in my sketchbooks, using colourful ink and watercolour washes, often just as a background to a white page.
Not my best work, but I made A LOT of these.
Then I thought... why don't I consider this work in itself, and not just an aside to my 'main' projects? I have been trying to view the things I produce more holistically, and ignore barriers between them such as 'fine art', 'craft', 'design', 'writing', etc. In the end, they are all informed by each other, and I move fluidly between them, which is personally quite a refreshing way of working.
So I began making new things, using watercolour monotype, a basic technique I covered here. It allowed me to use washes of colour and ink blot shapes just like I used to in my old sketchbooks.
Of course, I have always loved making intricate, fine detail work too, usually in some kind of symmetrical pattern. Masking off my paintings before printing allowed me to find a new way of approaching my drawings. Plus, they have a sweet emboss, plate mark and are one of a kind. Interestingly though, you can get more than one print out of a watercolour monotype plate. I can reliably take 3, but some artists have managed up to 6. Of course, the image gets fainter and fainter each time.
I will have more to show you before the year is over, but for now, I am off to the studio to finish making even more new pieces! :)