While deciding where to go next with my prints, I took a good long look at them all and decided that I wanted to keep some as the calming patterns they were and experiment with the rest.
These are the ones I decided to keep:
I find it really interesting how they are both the same print – yet turned upside down one looks completely different from the other and you wouldn’t know they were the same!
I kept this one because I really liked the delicacy of the colours and the gentle overlapping of the shapes (as you can see below – the layers give multiple values of colours which I think is really beautiful)
I really liked this one too because the ink was a bit lighter after printing on many sheets, so it added a lovely darker glow around certain shapes and had a lighter texture in the main parts, also adding more colour values having used less colours (because of the translucency of the ink) as you can see below:
These are the ones I decided to experiment with:
I decided to experiment with this one because when I printed it I accidentally left the ink on my screen for too long and it dried. So I had to clean it and then reapply the ink, only to find that I hadn’t cleaned it well enough so there a line-wash effect through the lower middle half section, I actually thought it looked nice! But wanted to experiment with this lighter mixture of colours too.
The fourth layer of ink I did on this one was much too light and it didn’t look right at all as I had made the ink too translucent.
On this one, the ink looks a bit sketchy and not as clean-cut as the others, as I think I wasn’t putting enough pressure on the squeegee, as well as with these three:
And as you can see in more detail here:
However, I have to say I did get some very nice outlines too:
I also decided that I din’t want to include the keyline after all. I don’t think it needs it and it adds a very harsh effect that doesn’t fit with the fluidity of the shapes, and would overwhelm the many colour values gained from the translucent inks.
For more inspiration I looked at more figurative, but still quite abstract, artworks for example landscape art. I found “The Lady of The North” – Northumberlandia and liked how she is made up of organic, fluid shapes yet you can still tell that the sculpture is of a woman (from a birdseye view anyway).
So I decided to create my own version of a figurative person, here are some practices:
I will make it into a stencil and see if it works on my print.