You win some and loose some and today was certainly a loose day. For a start I’d forgotten to take to class my printing plate I’d been given the previous week and I also think I’d forgotten my brain – all morning I struggled to focus on what I was doing. I wasn’t distracted by other thoughts, my mind wasn’t elsewhere but I had no inspiration, no ideas and I floundered with the task in hand, often wandering around the studio saying to myself “what shall I do, I’m lost”. At one point I attempted to capture my lost-ness but failed. I’ve been thinking why I didn’t get to grips with colour printing and have come to conclusion I was too caught up with the colour aspect and not enough with the print – I wasn’t thinking beyond inking up the plate – I was concentrating too much on getting the ink onto the surface and not removing any to make an image. I had a tiny break through when a hair accidentally fell onto my inked up plate. I’d metaphorically been tearing my hair out so for my last two prints I physically torn out some of my hair. The results still abysmal!
It’s ironic that the scanned images have also failed – the colours are distorted – but this is just a reminder for myself so I’m not fretting.
Ink removed – but I was too intend on merging the colours.
Ink added. On dry paper
On wet paper. Who know what I was attempting here!
Cleaning the plate – a bit of water always adds to the effect!
Tearing my hair out.