I always need to start work whether it be a print or a painting by getting the surface going. Even working back into a print proof is sometimes a good starting point because I need something to be there to experiment with and try out different possibilities.
I work in painting and printmaking and for me they have a close relationship - they cross reference each other and share textural qualities and layering techniques. I like the scraping and carving out process of print-making but I like the scraping back process of painting as well.
I sometimes work the surface of the paper first, perhaps by spraying or brushing on a layer of emulsion for a grainy or textural effects and rubbing in ink or washing over paint, then I print over the top. I might even then sand it back and print back over it again and again - techniques I used in this collagraph monoprint featured below;
Intention is often seduced into very different results once an image is taking shape. What particularly intrigues me about printmaking are the surprises or happy accidents that can occur along the way - presenting new possibilities.
Printing and peeling the paper away from the inky plate is both exciting and nerve racking It is a moment of great anticipation (and anxiety) of what anomalies may have occurred in the process- it can be a moment of great joy or frustration!"
Corinna Button RE, 2020
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