Printmaking: the ultimate test of my whole enjoy-art/don’t-freak-out-don’t-freak-out/there’s-more-to-life-than-perfection goal this summer. Signing up for the class was my first battle because in addition to dreading the whole messiness factor, I hate trying new things and I hate not being good at them even more. So far the biggest lesson I’ve learned is to embrace accidents. Especially with a technique like monoprinting, they’re inevitable; and honestly, sometimes the best work comes from the biggest screw ups. Exhibit A: my favorite print after two weeks of experimenting was my very first pull test that accidentally smeared into a mess of fluorescent transparencies when I applied way too much ink onto the plexiglass. I tried to incorporate that smeariness with my landscape print as well, using a nice golden yellow to represent the sunflower fields nearby. Then I pushed myself to work a bit more graphically by creating stencils for my cherry print. Through the process, I’ve made a lot of fun little mistakes that I plan on mailing home as postcards, like the rainbow roll that reminded me of watermelon so I doodled on top and cut it down to size. Be on the lookout for some Chrissy Eckman originals in your mailbox that would otherwise end up in my trash can….!
PS: that sunset painting isn’t mine, but one of my classmates showed up with it in class today after realizing that instead of inking up her new plexiglass for a print, she spent hours painting on the protective layer of plastic over top of it. The result was too pretty not to photograph, and it works very well with the moral of my story – cool stuff happens when plans go wrong.