Roundabouts: Mono Printing & Contextual Research

The process:

To create the mono/lino prints it is more or less a3 step process.   Gathering the essential tools, including a roller, printing ink (in varied colours), a printing plate and paper.   Or whatever medium you have chosen to work on, maybe in the future I could try this type of printing onto fabric, to incorporate my fashion/textiles pathway.   Rolling the ink onto the printing plate provides a smooth surface to draw on over the paper.   However I always made sure I removed a layer of the printing ink first, due to being to thick to work with at the start.   Once I created a few prints I then made sure to do the negative print to match and to further add to my collection.

My mono/lino prints…

When thinking about what I wanted to create I decided to use what had previously inspired me at Blackburn Museum.   Looking at “The Great Wave” by Katsushika Hokusai that caught my eye in the museum, I decided to try this out printing…


However this didn’t work too well, as my wave drawing is not as detailed compared to the real piece.   Although in the future sewing on top of all these pieces will provide a more detailed/interesting body of work from this roundabout.


I also tried and tested another Blackburn Museum inspired piece.   “Grey Poem 1” by Peter Cunliffe, taking his idea of random lines and movements and making it my own.   I created this piece using quite rough and dark motions – again sewing back into this piece perhaps with another design on top, maybe incorporating the beetles.


Then over this piece I decided to then incorporate the Beetle Collection that also caught my in the museum.   Combining the two, very random but it works.   Working back into this too in the future, adding colour and collage?




During this roundabout with Jo the brief was to create a collection of mono prints/lino prints using the techniques shown in the tutorial and past skills, this roundabout was very achievable.   Since partaking it is definitely one of my favourite roundabouts so far on the course.   The techniques are so easy to create a unique piece of work that looks so effective.   Taking my work further I could discover the potential of the medium combing my chosen pathway, being textiles and my prints.   Sewing on top of my pieces to add another layer and more interest, giving my work a deeper meaning.

Contextual Research: Gavin Garcia:

Taken from the Saatchi Art website…”London based Garcia, Gavin’s work tries to explore the human form by studying people and trying to place their condition on a surface, which will then relate to others.   These studies are achieved through drawing, painting and printing.”

Garcia has created many collections in the past that are now being sold on the Saatchi Art website.   He works in A3 and other various sizes, you can also lino print in different colours which Garcia does with his work.


“Bob Dylan” lino print by Gavin Garcia

This piece intrigues me due to its Bold and random circumstances.   You can see the image he is trying to portray, and relating it to others.   He created this using the same Lino printing technique that I used in the roundabout, and it has definitely inspired me to be more daring and confident with my work…trying new things and possibly adding more details, like Garcia has done in the facial features for example.   The contrasting white & orange makes the piece extremely eye catching.



Another mono print of Gavin Garcia’s is Ana.   Created on paper with brown mono printing ink, almost giving it an unusual finish.   Again this piece, like his other piece is highly detailed – the way he’s created the facial features is just amazing.   He’s used different techniques for example; drawing with his tool, using a heavy hand on certain  areas making parts of his art more bold, and going over certain outlines to make it stand out more.   Do those parts have more meaning? maybe hidden?

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