16" x 16" painted papers collage on wc paper
When I first started making art, I tried lots of different things, including simple printmaking. The above printed papers incorporate some of what I learned. I used an acrylic medium on the blank paper to create some "resist" patterning. I then painted on and then wiped off some color. If you wipe carefully the places where the acrylic medium has dried, you can leave the color on the paper while exposing the marks made with the acrylic medium.
As I was considering which colors and prints to use, I was concerned about too many prints making things too busy. One of the things about my "style" that I like is the simplicity/complexity factor. I like for things to be so simple that they are almost complex, if that makes sense. So, in my little pea brain, too many patterns would be too much and not complex in a simple way. (See what I mean?) Less is more in other words. I solved the problem by interspersing more solid paper with the prints. I thought it was an effective "fix".
The other thing that was a kind of breakthrough involved cutting out all of the shapes before gluing them down so I could "demo" the colors. It's just like doing a color mock up. Why I never did this before I don't know! It worked well. I shuffled some things around to get a good mix of values, patterns and solids. I will definitely be doing this from now on.
The title of the piece, Canicule, is a reference to what I had on my mind while making the piece. Guess what it was? The heat wave! We had a string of super hot days which kind of kept me inside. (I got out super early to take my walk but was otherwise kind of confined indoors.)
OK, on to the next idea, hopefully. Hope everyone is having a good, safe weekend. Thanks for reading and commenting.