New Studies

Unfinished larger work that features mostly inked mylar inserts with some quick brayer accents.
Unfinished larger work that features mostly inked mylar inserts with some quick brayer accents.

 

 

 

I posted a brand new Monotype that features brush work, something I haven’t done in a while. I’ve also been experimenting with mylar inserts and stencils. I cut simple shapes out of mylar, ink them, and lay them into the image, which in these examples is often made with a brayer (ink roller). This creates a hard edged, graphic, somewhat cartoon or designerly look.

I try to contrast that with the brayer effects which tend to be more painterly and soft edged, though I also use the edges of the mylar as a stencil for other harder-edged lines. In some cases, soft, almost watercolor-like ghost images from the earlier prints are layered with the darker, harder edged inks in a second “drop”, or run through the press.

These are mostly small (12×16″) studies that I hope to refine and use in larger prints. Let me know what you think.  I try to answer each comment, though it sometimes takes a little while.

 

Mostly brayer (roller) effects with some mylar inserts laid in.
Mostly brayer (roller) effects with some mylar inserts laid in.
Combines a ghost image with insert/stencil effects and brayer work.
Combines a ghost image with insert/stencil effects and brayer work.
Color study, mostly brayer work. Ghost of this appears in a later image
Color study, mostly brayer work. Ghost of this appears in a later image
Darker imagery printed on top of ghost image, combining brayer and insert/stencil effects
Darker imagery printed on top of ghost image, combining brayer and insert/stencil effects
A ghost image, created mostly with the brayer (roller).
A ghost image, created mostly with the brayer (roller).

2 Replies to “New Studies”

  1. These are gorgeous, Joe! I really like seeing the whole collection together- it allows us to see all the different techniques you have been working on. My favorite is the second image- it has such a beautiful quality of light!

  2. Thanks, Erin! The ‘ghost’ prints add a lot of depth and atmosphere. They’re lighter and sort of add a backlit quality. Really enjoying them and now incorporating them into my tuesday eve. workshop.

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