Here is another experiment with printed backgrounds. My first experiment was this drawing at Monument.
I thought the background was a bit bright, so I chose more muted colours for the next attempt.
Here are the cardboard cutouts I used for making the relief prints. I used a small square sketchbook made by “PrintUrchin” and pre-printed the pages using relief printing ink, diluted with extender and water so it wasn’t too bright (learning from last time). It still came out quite bright. Those printing inks are heavily pigmented.
I printed the pages first, then took the sketchbook with me on my journey, and made sketches on top of the prints.
Here are some of the sketches. They are done on the train, hence the rather shaky lines. It’s amazing how the printing, done in advance, seems to fit the subject.
Here is the octagonal building at Pocra Quay, drawn while on a walk round Aberdeen waiting for the ferry.
This octagonal building was a Navigation Control Centre, operating up until 1966. It was built in around 1797-8, according to the leaflet from the Aberdeen Heritage trail. I sketched it from the shelter of the doorway to the “Silver Herring” restaurant, on a cold, windy and rainy day.
This is a really fun technique. I shall use it again.
3 thoughts on “Experiments on a journey”
It is very interesting combination of color and shape. Keep experimenting. I’m so curious 🙂 and I love your drawing.
Thank you Angela! I found the combinations really interesting too. It’s also somehow inspiring to have a print on the page, so I am not confronted by a blank sheet of paper. I’m glad you enjoy the drawings, and I am encouraged by your comments, thank you.
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I really like the print idea, it creates atmosphere. Also I found very interesting to combine incongruous(if it’s right word🙂) like lines in house and circles, as shown on the last drawing for example.
I’m looking forward to see more your sketches. I really like them 🙂 Have a great evening!