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Printmaking 1 Assignment One Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria points Demonstration of Technical and Visual Skills – materials, techniques, observational skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skills I feel fairly confident about my visual awareness, design and compositional skills to the extent that I was continually frustrated at what I was producing as I did not have the technical skills to execute […]


Printmaking 1 Part 1 Assignment 1

Part One of Printmaking 1 was an introduction to the monoprinting technique through a series of exercises and projects aimed at building up experience and skills of a variety of techniques  culminating in Project 4 which involved combining ideas and techniques. We were asked to make a selection of prints to submit for assessment. Project […]

Project 4 Textured and combination monoprints – final prints

My last printing sessions left me frustrated as I had ideas in my head of what I wanted to end up with but I found it difficult to bring all the elements of the prints together to create a pleasing result. I went through so much ink and paint, all by best paper and all […]

Project 4 Textured and combination monoprints – first prints

There was quite a time lag between generating some ideas for my final prints and then trying out the ideas in print which was a bad idea as I had lost enthusiasm! I didn’t feel very excited about my initial plans but decided to try out my ideas nonetheless with varying degrees of success. 1. […]

Project 4 Textured and combination monoprints – ideas and plans

For the last project for assignment 1, we were asked to create a series of four different prints from our own subjects and imagination, each one combining two or more of the techniques practised throughout this assignment.   I started off by looking back through my work and tried to think of four contrasting subjects […]

Printmaking 1 Part 1 Research Point Contemporary Printmakers who rely heavily on texture in the prints

We were asked to find some contemporary printmakers who rely heavily on texture in their prints. I really enjoyed research a variety of printmakers and it was interesting to read through their artists’ statements and descriptions of their techniques and process. Here are a selection of printmakers I looked at with links to their websites: […]

Printmaking 1 Part1 Research Point – Backdrawing

We were asked to find some printmaking artists who use back drawing. I was already aware that Degas had used trace monotype in the 1890’s transferring his drawings by tracing them onto thin transparent paper but initially I found it hard to find other artists using this technique.  I googled the term ‘back drawing’ but […]

Printmaking 1 Part 1 Project 3 Backdrawing

Back-drawing is where a design is impressed on the back of the paper, after it has been laid over an inked printing plate.  Here is a back-drawing of the washing line in my garden.                                       And here […]

Printmaking 1 part 1 Project 3 – Variations using masks and multi-colours

  This section was all about experimenting with masks, layers of colours, painted printing plates etc. To start off I experimented with layering colours using the same mask. First of all I overprinted a positive mask in a different colour and then overprinted with the negative mask in a third colour.         […]

Printmaking 1 Part 1 Project 3 Two Coloured Masked Monoprints

In this project, we were asked to continue to use the masks from the previous section to make a two-coloured print. Eager to move on to the two-coloured masked monoprints, I soon realised that I should have taken more notice of the printing set-up requirements as I did not have two printing plates of the […]