Category Printmaking 1 Part One

Printmaking 1 Part 1 Research Point Matisse

Matisse’s ‘Blue Nudes’ Matisse found it increasingly difficult to paint from the early 1940s and following an operation when he was confined to a wheelchair, he gave up a painting and concentrated on cutouts. He cut out large shapes from paper painted according to his instructions by his assistants. The shapes were then fixed to […]

Printmaking 1 Part 1 Project 2 Positive and Negative masked Monoprints – The Design

Finding a Design This project involved creating a design which works well as both a positive and a negative shape.  When studying shibori textile dyeing in Japan, my teacher was very keen that his students thought carefully about the negative and well as the positive space when designing the shibori patterns. I took great interest […]

Printmaking 1 Part 1 Research Point Degas

For this research point, we were asked to take a look at monoprints by Degas and write about how have they been achieved and how successful they are. I started off by doing some internet research on Degas. I was most familiar with his pastels, paintings, drawings of ballet dancers but was less familiar with his […]

Printmaking 1 Part 1 Project 1 Painted Monoprint from Life

Having worked with some abstract paintings on the printing plate, we were now asked to make an image, starting with some sketches of two contrasting objects. I chose a little still-life comprising of a cast metal seated figurine and a tall wooden vase, which I thought would offer contrast.  I drew some sketches and then […]

Printmaking 1 Part 1 Your first Monoprints

Experiments in mark making and painted plates Having sorted through my acrylic paints and block printing inks and purchased a new roller with a wooden handle (rather more pricey than I had expected), I set out my printing area in the utility room. Perfect space, away from the hustle and bustle in the main living […]