One thing I tell my workshop students over and over again is – experiment! This is the way you will develop your own style and techniques, find out what works for you and what doesn’t, how your art materials respond to using them in different ways… it really is a valuable way to spend your time – and it’s fun too! Talking to my students I realise that when they don’t experiment it’s often because they don’t want to “fail” or “get something wrong”. My advice then is, “nobody else needs to see”. If it didn’t work out exactly as you planned, you’ve learned from the experience, and really, unless you put it out there, no-one else will know!
The above is one of the results of a day experiments with a technique I’m calling ‘painterly printmaking’ – something I’ve been playing around with for a while. It’s a mix of relief printmaking and a monoprint, and I’ll be recording a tutorial video on it soon – keep checking back to find out when it’s been uploaded to my You Tube channel.
Below are the results in detail – as you can see, there are some here that aren’t perfect – but, as I say, that’s all part of the process of experimenting!
As usual, the colour inspiration swatch is available for you to download and use in your artwork over at Adobe Color CC. Have fun!