During this project, I learned a lot about the application of ink and printmaking. For my first few prints, I did not use enough ink on the plate. The lighter colors, such as white and yellow, were often left on the plate and not transferred to the paper well. On my last print, I knew how much ink to use and that is why the white drips and shapes showed up well. I also learned to use a dabbing or sponging technique for applying the paint, rather than just using the brush normally. It resulted in the brush strokes being less visible in the final print. The actual process of printmaking was fairly simple for me. The blotting papers removed just the right amount of water from the paper so that it could function at its very best in the printing press.
I feel that I could have improved on this project by paying more attention to detail. If I had added more ink to some of the prints, than they would have come out better with a better degree of craftsmanship. If I had more time, I would have worked harder on one of my least favorite prints. Also, some of my prints could have had more inspiration from the artists. I didn’t use a lot of Chris Metze, which I would have liked to do.
Over the course of this project, I encountered some obstacles. One was the application of an appropriate amount of ink. My first prints came out very different than the design on the plate due to lack of ink. On the final print, I added an extra layer of ink which made the design on the print more closely resemble the plate. Also, I struggled with the brush strokes showing up in the prints. My first print had strokes that were clearly visible. I made sure to use a blotting technique on the next few prints that kept the brush strokes from appearing on the final print.
To improve this assignment, I would reduce the number of artists that were studied. It was difficult to get a good start on this project because we had to draw inspiration from seven different people. I think I could have gotten a better feel for the process of making non-objective art with only four or five artists to study.