Random Ripping

9 Apr

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So, carrying on with my experiment to loosen up and make my approach to art more random and less controlled. I have gone through a process of cutting vinyl blocks randomly, with a selection of tools, then I hacked away at the edges to get rid of the square boundaries. So the next stage is to print them up. I was lucky to have been given some vintage printmaking papers by a friend who was clearing out his late father’s studio. It isn’t watermarked so I don’t know what it is, but it’s a nice off-white, very warm colour and I estimate about 150 gsm or thereabouts.

To keep the randomness going, I gritted my teeth and ripped the paper without measuring it out and using a nice straight edge. It was a horrible experience! It felt like vandalism! I decided to go with a translucent oil-based litho / relief ink (Caligo Safewash), in Process Yellow, mixed 60:40 with Extender.

I inked up the blocks with my best roller and then took the print using a traditional Japanese bamboo baren. The ink was nice and loose because of the amount of Extender I added and the paper thin enough to pick up the ink without needing a heavy press.

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And here’s the first print. I’ll be overlaying this with more colours in the next couple of days to push the randomness as far as I can.

5 Responses to “Random Ripping”

  1. anna warren portfolio April 10, 2018 at 07:37 #

    Its looking good! It is taking a leap of faith to do something like this, but can be quite liberating because you can say ‘it doesn’t matter what happens’!

    • Rosie Scribblah April 10, 2018 at 07:54 #

      Yes, it’s the process that matters. I can use the papers for collage

  2. ossjay April 9, 2018 at 22:28 #

    I hope this is making you laugh as much as I have xx


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