Exercise One – Mark making
For this exercise I used acrylic paint mixed 1:1 with extender medium on a Perspex plate. From the test prints I had done I found that a hard surface was best for drawing in to the inked surface. I also dithered a bit when drawing in to the ink so thought that acrylic mixed with extender medium might give me more time to prepare the plate before printing.
I collected together some tools that I thought might be useful.
I then made up the acrylic paint plus extender. These were mixed 1:1 in a plastic drinks cup. A portion of this mixture was then smeared on to the plate surface using a plastic palette knife. This was then rolled out with an ink roller.
I began by drawing in to the ink surface using a small plastic squeegee. This removed large sections of the acrylic paint on the plate surface easily. The surface was then printed on to light cartridge paper, re inked and another tool used to draw in to the ink.
Tools used included effect spatula, biro lid, plastic hanger, credit card, silicon spatula, toothbrush – bristles, small and large paintbrushes, cardboard – strip, teeth cut into, plastic fork, Fimo tools, J-cloth over finger tip and index finger
Many of the marks produced were very similar. Regardless of how elaborate the tool used appeared only the small area that comes in to contact with the inked surface will be able to leave a mark. In most cases this was a small area so most tools produced lines.
Larger areas of paint could be removed using the squeegee or credit card edges. However these had a tendency to collect paint and then push it out at the sides. This left darker marks at the edges of the areas that had been scraped away.
The cardboard shapes were interesting. By cutting away sections of a square of card, marks could be made at fixed distances from each other. These could then be repeated to cover a whole plate giving an interesting textured surface. These card shapes had been cut from a cardboard box and over time the card collapsed giving uneven marks.
All the prints above had been on the same paper. I did try printing on two other paper surfaces.
Tracing paper – Took on paint well but curled up on itself when removed from printing plate. Looks good when light placed behind the paper.
Photo paper – Shiny surface stuck to plate, paint may have dried a little too much or photo paper is not compatible with acrylic paint.