Thought I’d share a few little prints I made the other day when I was playing around. I like to make prints on gelatin plates (flat, thick slabs of unflavored gelatin) and that’s how these were done as well. It usually results in a more painterly type print and I emphasized that even more by using loose layers of watercolor for the backgrounds. The black details on the piece above are done with black acrylic paint, some of which is painted onto the plate and printed and a few details painted directly on the print.
I didn’t set out to make anything particular, I had just made a couple plates to show someone how the process worked. I had a bit of technical difficulty making the plates and destroyed part of them when I was preparing them this time so instead of larger plates we ended up with smaller sections to work with. Sometimes little is fun! Especially when it’s your only choice. 🙂 The last piece started with a background that was basically a little leftover, watered down color on the plate from a prior project. Then I sprinkled blue dots on the plate & printed them in several layers. Sometimes I “see” things in a print that just need some accenting to bring them out – in this instance I saw a field of blue flowers. Using a very fine pointed marker I added the outlines and stems coming from different directions.
I like the kind of “retro” feel it has to it!
Speaking of retro, I will be displaying a mixture of older artwork along with some very new works in the Commons area at the Sugar Creek Art Center during the months of October & November. Be sure to visit and check out all the wonderful art, the artist’s studios, the gift shop and, of course, my display as well. They host “Culture at the Creek” the second Friday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. with many special events going on those evenings. If you’ve never been to Sugar Creek it is well worth the drive to Thorntown!