The approaching deadline for a biennial Japanese screen print competition motivated me to try something different this summer. I wondered if I could simulate ceramic raku effects? This photo of the texture left by cooked black beans in a glass bowl was my starting point:
Then I created several posterization threshold bitmaps to use as film positives that I could print:
After printing a background gradient and a circular gradient, I started printing these textures using copper ink, then gold, then various other colours. The last texture was clear gloss, printed repeatedly to build up a relief surface. Then a slim metallic frame. I printed several colour combinations and variations.
Here are some photos and closeups of what I titled, “Babarrunak Raku” (Babarrunak is Euskera/Basque for black beans!).
Thanks to Sophia, Annerose, Ian and Claire for their feedback during the printmaking process.