“Out & About”
This piece is inspired by my “out & about” summer art classes & my connection with my late grandparents. “Stones” is based on a trip to Dungeness. Only one person turned up in the afternoon to do the class. Convinced that the trip was going to still be a positive experience, I decided to take the opportunity to do a bit of drawing & was fascinated by a thistle. Whilst drawing, the sun suddenly shone through & cast the most wonderful shadows on the paper, which was later inspiration for a monoprint. Stones was part of the “Thistle” experience.
What is a monoprint?
Monoprint uses the word mono because every print is unique. There are many ways to create monoprints, but I use the following technique for most of mine: These pieces of original artwork are created by applying coloured oil-based etching inks onto three plastic sheets, each with one primary colour. The image is worked directly into the ink and not the plastic sheet, by wiping & dabbing the ink. Each colour is then overprinted onto paper, using a press that is similar to a mangle, therefore an original one-off piece of artwork is created. The monoprinting process that I use is a lengthy process & at the end of the process, I risk all to push the print to the next level.