sparrowhawk monoprint 2

3 colour monoprint c. 50 x 40 cms

Using the charged subject matter to  look harder at this approach to monoprinting. There is only one shot at it … building the layers. Yellow then grey then the dark brown. All drawing in negative, scraping away at each layer of ink, leaving the blocks of colour corresponding to the anatomy of the birds. A slip in attention and some critical part will be cut away… and it is never the same re-rolling the ink… something about the integrity of that initial sheet of colour. There is only enough ink for one really strong print.
The layers are overprinted ‘wet on wet’ and there is a degree of repulsion.. a more oily layer repelling a less oily one…  If there is too much ink then running it through the press can squash out finer lines…  In this version I tried to cut down on the overlapping of inks but it hasn’t really made that much difference…  Learning by doing