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Wedding Invite, and IF: ‘Celebrate’

20 Feb

A wedding invitation card I designed, illustrated and wrote out for my cousin who just got married. We had it  screen-printed on handmade paper. The text is Gujarati. The top image shows a motif depicting the elephant-god Ganesha whose blessings are generally sought by Hindus when they begin anything new. This section is folded over the illustration of the birds in the bottom image, which is how the card looks opened out.

I had been meaning to post this for a few days and just today suddenly thought it would be perfect for the IF theme “Celebrate” — but unfortunately I was a bit too late to submit it on IF. Oh, well.

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Silk-screen print; Folded: 10 x 21 cm; Open: 10 x 28 cm approx.

Monoprints, Summer 2008

9 Feb

Done with the guidance of Anuben, a friend and an artist, in her studio.

Monoprints, also called Monotypes, are made by transferring an image painted on a metal plate, onto damp paper. The paper you want to print on is soaked for a while (the time depending on the kind of paper it is). Using water- or poster-colours you paint on an aluminium plate first coated with a thin layer of glue (after the glue dries). With a roller, the image is then manually transferred onto the paper. You can also stick bits of stuff onto the plate that will transfer an impression of its texture onto the paper, as I’ve tried in a few of these. Usually you can only take one good print from a painted plate (though the plate can be washed and re-used) – therefore ‘monoprint’. Quite simple compared to most other printmaking techniques, and full of surprises and the sense of play.

Incidentally, I have read that Degas used and developed this technique, often making prints which he would then paint on.