A small collection of process-related sneak peeks:

The beginning…

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A spread from the beginning of my sketchbook.
I think this is what my brain looks like inside…

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Ink drawings

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A color palette I created for myself to maintain uniformity amongst my prints
and the style they follow.

Experimental paper aging methods

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A spread from a really old botany book that was so old it was yellowing, getting mouldy and falling apart.

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Various paper staining experiments including tea dying and setting the edges of my paper on fire (!)

Experimental printmaking processes

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Intaglio and monotyping.

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Polyester plate lithography.

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Paper plate lithography.

Digital working

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In the digital part of the process working files can quickly accumulate 100’s and 100’s of layers.

Paper preparation and set up

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This part is complicated and getting everything just right is crucial.
It is NOT as simple as just putting some paper in a printer and pressing print.
I have to deal with rogue air bubbles, tape and registration issues for each print.

PROBLEMS… oh so many… just a few examples…

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Glitches.

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Ink everywhere on NUMEROUS occasions!

The aftermath of printing

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Soooooo much tape!

Pulling stunts…

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Sometimes it takes all kinds of measures to get things just right
—even if it means fixing your deckled edges with a rusty hacksaw.

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…Or attacking your prints with a spray bottle and burnishing tools.

More detailed hand-work

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Working back in by hand at the end of the process is risky
-one wrong move and I have to start over.

MORE PROBLEMS

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Gold leaf splodges and paint leakage.

Trying to figure out titles

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…I still don’t have a title.

The aftermath of in-depth research

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…The pile of books I just returned to the library.

See Lauren’s previous post on her research process.