Using the same photograph as before, I made four more monoprints plus my additional fold prints. This time varying the palette by adding bronze acrylic to the T. white and Payne’s grey.
What I’m learning, and keep being shown, is that I’m really bad at leaving well alone. On this occasion the task required a further intervention and I had at least judged that this might be unwise for some of the prints. But in then doing as asked with two of them, I was unable to avoid filling in all the blanks.
The other points to come out of this were much as with the previous batch and had to do with how paint works in this context, especially acrylics and especially on OHP film, neither of which is the recommended medium. I found that drying retardant does the job although it’s quite sticky, and that a spray bottle of water can create a ‘plate’ that then makes something unexpected. These are valuable tools for the future reference box.
Post production, as it were, a contemporary spin on an image from a time when thoughts of such things never even flickered in anyone’s mind. This has given me an idea for the assignment which seems to have come around rather quickly.
3rd October. Having established that acrylics really don’t cut it for this kind of task, I came back to make another print from this photograph, using watercolours.
It’s been an interesting process and one I might find a way to integrate into my other ways of working. As a technique, and lacking an A3 printer, it’s less attractive than it might otherwise be, due again to the small scale and to the necessity of leaning over the photo/film assembly to make the prints.