I have no idea if anything will come of what I'm doing, but I am certainly enjoying the journey. Here is an image of one of the polyester litho prints I was talking about in the last post.
What is occupying me at present is the technique of carborundum printing. I have been trying to find out as much as possible on the Internet about this technique. I love the effect, and have so often been attracted to images which are described as carborundum prints, or using carborundum.
Before using carborundum itself, I have started by using material I already have: a Liquitex medium mixed with sand painted onto acrylic to make a plate. Well, one plate, and also another drypoint plate to combine line with the texture. Below is an example of the first quick plate,
and a close-up to show some of the kind of texture I'm beginning to explore.
What is interesting, and perhaps worrying, is that each time I clean the plate, some of the medium comes off. This makes the subsequent print more textural and less dense, but eventually the plate will be ruined. All part of the experiments, of course.
I was initially inspired by the wondrous effects Howard Hodgkin achieves in his prints. (Click on What are Prints in this link to read a bit more.) Another artist whose work I admire in this field is Henrietta Corbett.
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