At the end of 2018, I took a chance on some new media and ideas. Instead of working from photographs to create an abstract composition, I tried working from inside myself - only. I came up with a few themes and designs based on those, then switched my media to ink. I tried to keep my typical layered approach by experimenting with resists and brushes and printing. Ultimately, I found that the process of each piece gave me an idea for a new piece. I ended up with this Typecase block printed Audre Lorde line of poetry on spilled water and ink.
Here I wanted to create a bubble effect, so I used a gel medium resist for circles. My earlier experiments yielded awkward results, so I did use a photograph for the composition - light on water (who is surprised) - which gave me a direction for those brush strokes that keep ending up in my finished ink product. Then, I overlayed the prime design with paper.
Here I embraced the brush stroke and stuck with the overlay, but ditched the resist.
My first two attempts are above and below. Below, I ran headlong into brush stroke issues. Ultimately, using seashells to add block printing over the top more or less saved it... yes? Above, I tried to get a more fluid look by adding ink to washes. It all kinda congregated in a mass in the middle, because I didn't let each layer dry in between (as in the Audre Lorde piece). So I tried to save it with charcoal and shell printing.