I am still playing with the cityscape idea.
Stencils – simple printmaking tools
I turned to some easy printmaking tools – stencils and the glycerin and gelatin plate.
I cut many masking stencils from a photocopy of the cityscape drawing, that I did a few days ago.
I carefully cut them with a sharp craft knife, and then coated them with many thing layers of mat medium. It is tedious, but I do it this way because the plain paper easy to cut,and then becomes durable after I coat both sides several times with medium.
I found that I needed to simplify the landscape to create a pleasing print. I experimented with using 4 or 5 stencils and then found that I liked using just 3.
I think that the complex texture creates the need for fewer shapes. I liked this experiment because I printed the subject matter with several different printmaking tools.
- Pencil drawing and photo copy
- Inverted photocopy
- Trace monotype print
- Relief block print
- Gelatin plate monotype print
Each style of printing creates a different feel or expression of the same subject matter. The artist can choose the most appropriate printmaking tool for the desired result.