Days 10, 11, 12 & 13: Printed Butterfly Series

Series 1: Locks and Gardens

Butterfly Black and Red Triptych

Series 2: Black Rainbow

Black Butterfly Rainbow

Series 3: Summer Love Diptych

Summer Butterfly Diptych

Series 4: Garden Secrets

Green and Purple Butterfly Garden

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Day 9: Teal, Hot Pink, Red and Black

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Fame

This piece started in a really different place than it ended. I woke up a couple mornings ago and decided to tidy up my studio. Then disaster struck! I knocked over my teal liquid acrylic container that I had failed to close all the way. In a panic I snatched up a canvas and tried to transfer as much of the ink puddle as I could to the surface. Hence the beginnings of this work. Most of that is now covered but I liked the color palette it inspired.

Stamps, Printmaking, and Primary Colors

I am currently enrolled in an advanced studio course through the Art House. My wonderful instructor Rebecca challenged me to think more seriously about the color palettes I was working with. The pieces I brought in for the midterm critique were half finished and all across the board in terms of size, color, narrative, and so on. There was very little cohesion, except that you could see my hand in all of them. Our small group has an exhibition coming up at the end of June so I wanted to challenge myself to create more cohesion. The pieces I liked most from the critique were blue and yellow. I also had several works with vibrant pink. Primary colors are a tried and true combination for visual impact, so I decided to push that line of thought further. I was curious to see where it would take me.

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Above are the results from tonights exploration into the primary world. After making a lot of mess with water, acrylic paint, linoleum stamps, and different papers I was pretty pleased with the results. The works on the right edge of my desk were from a previous exploration with speedball inks on watercolor paper. I liked the way the watercolor paper affected the texture of the printing. However I wanted to add more color. The acrylic paint reacted in a really interesting way with the speedball. It pulled the speedball away and only printed around it, creating a lot of depth in the prints. Here are more detailed shots:

IMG_1301All of these prints were created with two linoleum stamps that I made myself. The larger stamp is of a larkspur (left), and the smaller is a pair of daffodils (below).  I added a before and after print of the daffodil on some shiny paper. The stamps didn’t print very well on the shiny paper, probably because it was very slick. I didn’t use any black on the shiny paper either to see how the contrast worked.

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Before

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After

The third experiment I did was on rice paper. The results were pretty messy but I still liked how they came out. I started by wetting the paper in water mixed with acrylic. Because acrylic doesn’t mix with water very well it created these interesting splotchy patterns. The rice paper was also slightly waxy so in some places it resisted getting damp. When I printed on the damp paper with patches of paint it created all sorts of different effects. It was really hard to predict what was going to happen. The amount of paint on the stamp, the amount of water on the paper, and the density of the paint already applied in the area all had interesting and unpredictable effects.

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My original intent was to created these images and then deconstruct them for a larger piece on Canvas that I have also started. Unfortunately I quite like the way a lot of them turned out and I’m not sure I could take an Exacto knife to them. I will sleep on it and let you know how things turn out.

And as a bonus to all the cool art I created, I also got a lot of paint in my hair and on my face. I feel like a real artist whenever I get paint all over. It means I really sunk into the process. Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below. I would love feedback on the issue of deconstruction. Thanks!

 

Final ARTS 1010 Printmaking Project

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These are images from my completed printmaking project from last semester. It’s entitled pedestals and it is a series of prints that show the light side and the dark side of the pedestals that I find myself places upon, whether by others or by myself. I was thrilled with the final product because all the trial and error really paid off. The hanging style with the mirror was also extremely polished looking.

Pretty much everything I did strengthened the piece. The only issue was some people felt the green cross-legged person looked like a man instead of a woman. I, however, didn’t see this. From the silouhettes to the collage backgrounds to the color palette everything worked togther to create piece that was though-provoking and harmonious. I would strive to have this piece shown in exhibition outside of the classroom setting to see how well it would be recieved.

Entry into Printmaking

This piece was a mock-up for my final print making project in my ARTS 1010 class from fall semester 2010. For the project I was playing with the roles I take on, and the roles given to me by others. I decided to incorporate collage in the background because I thought it was innovative, like nothing anyone else was doing in the class, and kind of connected to the idea of taking on roles from all the propaganda experienced in the day to day.

I made this mockup becuase I had no idea what the printing ink would do on an uneven surface, or on magazine paper. As you can see it turned out really cool. I also was unsure of what color I wanted to do. In the end I had four two-sided prints: One side had colored words with white ink (more similar to this example) and the other had black and white words with black ink. I was really happy with the final product and got an A for the project. I will post the final series at a later date.