Tuesday morning of this week I was able to have some time with my friend Steph in her gorgeous bush hidden studio to have a play with wood prints. Both of us are working on projects to do with our land in various ways and have been keen to use marks from trees that have been felled on our properties over the years. I am keen to use these marking as overlays for etchings I am in the process of compiling to do with 'My Place' - Steve's and my acreage. I am working toward doing about seven metres of printing with overlays which will then wrap around a corner of our living area. This is all still in my head though much of the work I have been working on in the last little while has been a preparation for the kinds of marks I am wanting to make and use in this body of work. I anticipate this project taking the best part of a year to complete so am in no rush.
|This piece of fence post had been prepared by Steph by the time I got there.|
|I brought along a piece of laminated pine which I thought would be fun to play with.|
|The two photographed together and looking the best they did all day!|
|So after sanding with an orbital sander and then using a 1200 fine piece of sandpaper by hand, the wood was then burnt and then shellacked. Being pine the wood burnt quickly and it was evident that this was going to print very graphically.|
|Which it did - image on the left, and so I did a few more overlay prints to try and make it more interesting. |
Which it wasn't!
|This was my first pull from Steph's block and you can see my bad rubbing techniques (novice that I am).|
|Some over printing which looked way more interesting. What I actually really love is the very delicate marks of the timber which reveal as fine white line.|
|I like the softness of this edge - and you can see a few of my marks on that bottom edge.|
|Because we were working with water soluble ink, and given that I did not like the graphic pine prints at all, I decided to spray some water on the print and mess it up a little.|
|Much better! I have worked out that if I do actually use some timbers where I get a really graphic ring pattern, I could actually then use a brush and bleed areas and soften then intentionally and work towards something wonderful.|
|I see much potential here for experimentation.|
|I like this result and will work on making whole images like this.|