Therefore, I have chosen printmaking to enrich my learning and give myself plenty of opportunities to reflect on something unfamiliar. I have tried some versions of printmaking before, but that was years before I even started university, so my skills and preferences have dramatically changed since then. I wish to revisit these processes with a fresh outlook and new inspiration.
Given the time constraint, I will only have time to fully concentrate on one type of printmaking. In order to make a justified and well informed decision about which process to pursue, I have conducted some research:
Materials/Equipment: lino sheet, cutting tools, ink, paper, roll, cutting plate.
Effect: Block colours, fine detail is difficult to achieve, especially at a beginners level.
Materials/Equipment: Etching plate (can be a piece of copper, or perspex), etching tools (any sharp pointed utensil), ink, cheesecloth/tarlatan/scrim, absorbent paper.
Effect: Fine detail can easily be achieved. Delicate, fine lines rather than blocks of solid colour.
Effect: More experimental. All sorts of outcomes can be achieved, but this may take some time to discover through trial and error.
Materials/Equipment: Wood block, specialist wood carving tools, ink, paper, press.
Effect: Similar to lino. Bold and high contrast. No tonal values. Perhaps harder to work with than lino, due to the tougher material?