Yes, I know, I’m on a bit of a printing riff – please indulge me! 🙂
For a while I’ve been wanting to play with the image of a crow or jackdaw, and it occurred to me that the slightly gritty feel of monotype printing might work. I inked up the glass, laid on the thin copier paper, and hoped for the best as I sketched. Once again, I was trying to get some variation between the thinner pencil lines and the shading, which was done with a combination of the pencil and my fingertip.
I’m actually quite pleased with how these turned out, as it seems that the accidental marks on the paper give a feeling of airiness and depth.
Not wishing to waste the ink left on the plate, I tried a couple of ghost prints too, both rubbed with the back of a wooden spoon. The resulting scribbles are a bit brutal, but give an interesting texture to the black, and I was surprised by how much of the image still transferred in the ghost prints.
If I hadn’t used water-based printing ink I would have liked to have added some watercolour or coloured ink as an experiment. (I did try using oil pastels one time, and didn’t like the result I achieved). I guess I’ll just have to bite the bullet and invest in some oil-based ink; I seriously think I’m going to have to get round to selling some of my pictures, just to pay for making them!