Friday 10 May 2024

Submerge / Descend monoprint and mixed media


I was itching to play with my usual inky blues so indulged myself for a day with some monoprinting...

Submerge monoprint and mixed media 9.5x15cm   ©2024LisaLeQuelenec

Details from a lino stamp used in pebble monoprints   ©2024LisaLeQuelenec

I enjoyed experimenting with layers of thick and thin ink and how they interacted. I used lots of ink extender for very thin and transparent layers (it works much like glaze medium in oil and acrylic painting). Once the prints were dry some pebbles were collaged in and extra white ink drawn in to enhance the light/current/flow. I wanted the feeling of being pulled gently under water.

Descend I -IV   monoprint and mixed media 9.5x15cm   ©2024LisaLeQuelenec

The same prints just playing with layouts - seeing how they speak to each other/if they speak to each other.

Descend I - IV   monoprint and mixed media 9.5x15cm   ©2024LisaLeQuelenec

Sometimes erosion seems to happen quickly and violently as in a storm but sometimes it is the persistent, gradual and slow process of wearing surfaces over many years that leads up to the big event. I think this is true of painting/printing too. Some days you feel like you have made leaps in your work but it is all the days where tiny little steps have been made that are important to get to your goal. Slow and persistent - the message that I take from the sea.

The two prints at the top in the above photograph are available in my Etsy store  and the lower two are available in my Folksy store.


RH Carpenter said...

These are all so beautiful. I admire your skill at composition and color. Did you see the Aurora Borealis in your part of the world? It was quite an event here although we didn’t get lucky (hard to go somewhere dark enough near us so we are going to try again tonight. Lots of photos on Facebook of all the lucky ones who just went outside and got great shots!

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Wow! The submerged vibe is excellently done.

Debbie Nolan said...

Oh Lisa these are so lovely. You do Inky Blue so well :)! Yes I think you nailed it well about being persistent and gradually we grow not only in our heart but in our lives as well. Hope you are enjoying the Merry Month of May. Hugs!

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Thank you Rhonda. Ironically I missed the aurora....I hadn't been sleeping very well the few nights prior and was in bed before 9pm that night out cold until the following morning! Typical! Had it come the night before I would have been up the whole night watching :o) It was a bit cloudy the following night so there wasn't much going on unfortunately. I have really enjoyed looking at everyone's photos though - it looked spectacular.

Thank you so much Maywyn, best wishes.

Hi Debbie, thank you. On thinking about it again, in regards to myself, maybe the word should be stubborn rather than persistent ;o) I really don't like giving up. May is flying past is it not? We seem to have turned a corner and things are warming up which feels wonderful. Best wishes to you. I am still reeling that Kelsey is two already!

laura said...

These are fascinating, Lisa, and lovely.