On Friday, Melanie repeatedly reminded us that she has been doing these prints for a long time and she was making decisions while demonstrating based on experience. She told us that our prints may not be very great since we are just learning. She emphasized that we were learning and playing with the inks to found out how they work and not to expect wonderful pieces. Therefore, I went in Saturday with no expectations of getting anything usable.
Here is my total output for the day.
Based on the first print of the three color reduction, I was certainly living up to my non-expectations. That layering process is a bit challenging for my brain.
Then I moved on to the stencil technique which was what I was most excited about. We were given the homework assignment to cut out our stencils, so we had them all ready. Below is my first print. I like it.
I did quite of few of these and pulled ghost prints as well. Not all of them are great but it was fun to play. I had also brought some fabric to try printing on. I ironed freezer paper on the back to make it stiff and used it just like the paper. The print below is on white fabric. The lower corner is a little light.
What's so exciting about this is I can heat set this and then add stitching or more color if I want and finish it like my other fabric pieces.
There are so many things you can do with the print once it's printed. You can print over it again, go in with paint, pencils, ink, collage, etc. Since they are monotypes, they are all one of a kind. I had a lot of fun doing this workshop.