MATRIAL PROCESS & PRINT Explore, understand and celebrate your love of materials, process and print in a collective book project.
this is a great project to start off the year, as it allows you to explore all sorts of printing processes. It immerses you with materials and lets you get to know them like yo haven’t known them before. Like paper, I never thought there was a different terminology for paper or how important the aspect of paper is. The outcome for this project is a set of 5 different prints, that shows your understanding of the processes and materials I used. We will also be produc-
“This project is all about getting your hands dirty” ing a collaborative work with everyone in the class. we will be compilling everyones works and creating a printed and bound book individually produced by us.. These types of projects really frees you to explore, experiment and lets you fall in love with the beauty of publishing and printing culture.
Precious Stock Stock experiment
be the hardest to print on, but it turned out to be the thinest one which is the facial bloting paper. I learnt from this experiment that it is impossible to print on coated of glossy surfaces with printing ink
Iâ€™ve always been interested with learning about the materials I use and how important it is to understand them. I never really understood what paper really contribute to my work up until I started my degree. though in college we were taught mostly of practical work the tutors never really spoke of paper (I guess it was my bad because I never was too curious to ask.). For this project we were tasked 3 different things to do, which had involved a lot of experimenting. These task were stock experiment, selecting stock and chosen stock. Stock experiment was fun for me. I aimed to gather as much unconvetional flat material I can print on. I would think that the drief leaf would
itâ€™s heavy not thick.
medium, that the printing ink exposes paper texture and on smoother stock the print appears sharper. The selective stock task was about using a more conventional paper. This task I focused more on the tint of the paper and how it can affect the colour of the print, as well as the texture of the paper and what feel it will give the print and what happens when you modify or tamper the paper by submerging it in water. I got really good results from them. They all have similar prints, but because of the different stocks I used each print can be defined differently. Some are blurry and some are sharper and grainy. The selective stock task eventually helped me to eventually proceed into selecting my stock. I played with 5 different stock, 2 watercolor paper
wieghing 200-380gsm, 2 tinted paper both 280gsm and a coloured paper which is the lightest paper weighing 180gsm. At the end of all 3 tasks I have decided to work with the fabriano rosaspina paper stock and the coloured paper.
Colour Theory What triggered me to indeand pendently research colour theory was when I was having trouble with mixing colours. One day I was trying to achieve a nice vibrant green from yellow and blue, but somehow I kept on getting a very dull and muddy green. I learnt that there are several sets of primary colours that is tinted by very little with one another (it is still hard for me to spot them now.). For example you will get a yellow that leaning more toward green that orange and a blue leaning more towards green than purple. These type of yellow and blue are the most compatible to mix vibrant green as they are mutual to each other. At the time I was mixing a yellow that is tinted with warmer tone and a blue that has a cooler tone. It wasn’t evident to me at the time, but techinically I was mixing 3 different colours. The warm tone was what was making my colour muddy.
‘We know that white square on black ground will look larger than black square of the same size on a white ground. The white reaches out and overflows the bounderies, where as the black contracts’
Most of my revalation came from Itten J’s The Elements of Colour based on The Art of Colour. I became very interested with the complementary colours Orange and blue. They remimded me of the sky during sun set and sun rise. The two colours became my inspiration with producing work and a lot of my future works are based on them as well.
In the last task of the project, although it was about choosing stock it was also about layering elements on paper. Here I played with layering the two colour as well on different surfaces. I really liked how the colour changes in terms of which colour is on top and which is on the bottom. The blue seems to be darker when printed over orange and the same goes for orange. I also saturated the colours with water and I like how the print became more softer.
My 5 prin Rectangle- I used a sooth paper for this print because of the process. I used the process of linocut and applying ink to it using a paint brush. The flatness and smooth surface of the paper really showed the streaks from the brush exposing the process of application. Oblong- My focus for this print was the consitency of my ink. I was really paying with the medium and acrylic paint to get different thickness and different levels of opacity.
I noticed as well that the print gave different texture as you pull away the lino which is very common when it is over inked. I really like how opaque the indigo came out to be especailly in contrast to the orange. Square- For this print I used a bit of everything in terms of process. The design for this print was more planned compared to the rest. I used the same set of colours that I used on the Rectangle print to define
*Each print are named by shape (from left to right) Retangle, Oblong, Square, Circle, Triangle
a sense of depth. Circle- This print was produced with the process of silk screen printing and linocut printing. I really wanted to expose the texture of the paper for this one. I was printing on 380gsm watercolour paper. During this process I was using the linocut like how you would do wood block printing. Instead of cutting into the lino or reducing the surface of the lino I was cutting into and through the base of the lino.
Triangle- for this print I was focused on the texture of the paper at the same time as experimenting with the photocopier. I did thought it was a lazy approach to producing prints, however it was fun. I played a lot with many levels of opacity and objects to achive this final print. Initially, the elements of this print was printed through lino cut.
in conclusion The journey to get to these prints was the most fun for me. I learnt plenty the real fundamental of producing a design. One thing I would change if I can come back to this project again is that I would apply more of what I learnt with my outcome and use them to create a much stronger work.
This is not my finished portfolio as I am still trying to finish it.