Until yesterday, I had never tried the monoprint technique. I had not really understood the advantages and potential of this approach until the workshop, run by Art North Wales at the Trigonos centre in Nantlle.
We had a busy, productive and inspiring day, everybody producing very different and interesting work, with a vibrant atmosphere of playful exploration in the room as people rolled out ink and paints and experimented with paper, card, natural materials, collaging and more to try out new ways of image making.
For myself, I am trying to take a more free and loose style in my painting and drawing, especially in my landscape work. After the first demonstration, I started to get a flood of ideas for possible ways of using this to achieve a shift in my paintings.
I started working on backgrounds, inspired by the wonderful autumnal colours that are persisting here and the layers of colours and forms in these Snowdonia valleys between the dramatic ridges. Leaves and stems from the grounds provided a set of printing medial to add layers to the pictures and I tried making multiple impressions, each one very different, as is the nature of monoprinting. The results are below, I have been inspired and will be looking at how I can incorporate some of these methods into my work…