Monoprint Experiments – Imagined Spaces

Recently whilst printing the edition for ‘Alhambra Arches’ linocut, I made various rough monoprints to use up the leftover ink on the plate. The monoprints are quite rough and ready so I scanned them and combined them in Photoshop to make new images. These are images of imagined spaces in a style very different to what I normally produce, so I am not sure how I feel about them yet, I’ll have to live with them awhile to find out. The prints were telling me their own story to do with secrets, anticipation and expectation. So what do you think?

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(© Catherine Cronin)

 

 

SWA 154th Annual Exhibition 5-13th June

I am super excited to find out that one of my prints has been selected for exhibition at this years The Society of Women Artists annual exhibition in June at the Mall Galleries, London.

http://www.society-women-artists.org.uk/annual-exhibition.html

My selected print is a monoprint with hand inking ‘Alhambra Arches’ – below:

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(© Catherine Cronin)

 

Weekly Sketch – Monoprints – 05/03/2015

Recently I have been proofing my three block linocut ‘Alhambra Arches’ which has meant leftover ink which I decided to use up by doing some monoprinting. I didn’t have anything in mind or any drawings to refer to when I made these. I will keep them to one side perhaps for collaging in future as some nice textures here. I will probably work into the arched themed ones more next time I am printing.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

First Proof – Alhambra Arches – 25/07/2014

I am intending to do a multi-plate linocut for my Alhambra Arches design, that you can see here. I cut the last plate to print which is the line drawing. I transferred the image using tracing paper to the block.

I proofed the plate last weekend, and I am pleased with the image, I won’t need to do anymore cutting on this plate. I proofed the plate using water-based printing ink; I have to say I really don’t like how the ink handles compared with oil-based ink. I rolled the ink on evenly but in some areas it didn’t print, and in others it was gloopy, and in other areas you could see ridges of ink as the paper pulled away from the plate. Maybe it is a matter of practice? If any of you have any tips on water-based relief ink printing, do let me know.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Starting a new Linocut – Alhambra Arches

I am going to do a multi-plate linocut for my Alhambra Arches design, that you can see here. I am starting with the last plate to print which is the line drawing. I transferred the image using tracing paper to the block. This linocut is going to require a lot of cutting and patience.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Alhambra Arches 4 – 25/01/2014

So far so good with posting a weekly sketch. Here is my fourth exploration in drawing for a print idea; the image of the Alhambra Palace in Granada. Other drawings can be seen here https://catamongthepigeonspress.wordpress.com/sketchbook-photos-2014/

This image is in response to Hundertwasser’s original prints, which are full of strong lines and bold colours.  I drew in black pen and then scanned the image into Photoshop; using multiple layers I added colour. This is quite a good way for me to test out colour combinations. Which colour palette do you like best?

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Alhambra Arches 3 – 19/01/2014

Here is my third exploration in drawing for a print idea; the image of the Alhambra Palace in Granada. First and second drawings published here – Alhambra Arches and Alhambra Arches 2.

This image is: Black pen and watercolour crayons.

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(© Catherine Cronin)