Why choose multi-plate over the reduction process? It's a fair question to ask and I do use both techniques, depending on the project and image. Both methods have their relative advantages and disadvantages.
For me the benefits of multi-plate are:
- you can come back and explore different colour ways
- you can make the most of overlap colours
- you can use the plates again in other projects
- if one plate goes wrong, you can re-do it!
'This Way' is made up of four plates. In the prototype you can see how each one of the plates builds to create the image:
|After colour 1 - rough proof
|After colour 2 - rough proof
|After colour 3 - rough proof
|Final rough proof - with all 4 plates
This proof allowed me to adjust tones and make different decisions for the next stage of the development of the print. I wanted the colours to be more vibrant and was trying to create a sense of light and shade, as well as distance, in the linocut, so I tweaked the plates a little more, before printing the edition.
I printed the final edition of ten, at Hot Bed Press in Salford using Intaglio oil-based inks on the wonderful old Albion press.
|The final colour is a deep grey / blue
|'This Way' edition drying on the racks
|'Halo' multi-plate linocut
|'Regenerating' multi-plate linocut
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