JOHN BUSBY SEABIRD DRAWING COURSE 2017 19-mon-st-abbs

kittiwakes & guillemots - st abbs - field monotype - c. A4

kittiwakes & guillemots – st abbs – field monotype – c. A4

The first time I’ve tried monoprinting in the field. Rolling up a perspex block with relief ink (rolled out on a separate ‘reservoir block’). Then scraping/incising into the surface with dowel for lines and metal scrapers made from mount cutter blades and bits of old visa cards. On some I started to work back positively with brush drawing.

kittiwakes & guillemots - st abbs - field monotype - c. A5

kittiwakes & guillemots – st abbs – field monotype – c. A5

guillemots - st abbs - field monotype - c. A5

guillemots – st abbs – field monotype – c. A5

I briefly tried the more schoolroom approach of hinging the printing paper onto the inked block and drawing on the back.

 st abbs - field monotype - c. A5

– st abbs – field monotype – c. A5

and made one card print cut directly using scissors to see how that felt.

razorbill - st abbs - card print - c. A5

razorbill
– st abbs – card print – c. A5

There was something about the first approach that was telling me new things… able to carve out blocks of space very quickly … or carve out the breasts of the guillemots to hang linear drawing on. Something different to drawing with a dark line on a white page.