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Beyond Measuring, Action by rabid-potato Beyond Measuring, Action by rabid-potato
Looks like I'm not dead after all.

This is the first print I did for my senior studio printmaking class, a class that thoroughly kicked my ass but I would take again in a heartbeat.

I've been doing a lot of work with secrets and the idea of hiding secrets in plain view, codes, and personal mythology. To that end I've been using a lot of alchemical symbols and ideas in my work, particularly the idea of coding your secrets in symbols that only the initiated would understand.


Thanks to my friend Rebecca for the title, I for one was certainly stumped.
Combination stone lithography, plate lithography, and woodcut with handcoloring, 15"x19", 13 impressions.
©E. Patrician 2007, all rights reserved.
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Mallenroh001 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
way too cool, it has a tarot card feel to it :D
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rabid-potato Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010   General Artist
Thank you!
You know, I've been messing around with the idea of learning more about the symbolism of Tarot. Maybe I should actually get off my butt and do it, haha.
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Mallenroh001 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
I can't read the tarot to save my life lol, but the symbolism of each individual card is utterly fascinating :)
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
It's nice to see your print pop up again in my little deviations tab. I don't think this is your best composition, a little too formal for my taste, but every technical element in it is done flawlessly. The chatter of the woodcut really adds to the litho and that braid is just beautifully carved.
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rabid-potato Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010   General Artist
Slowly but surely I'm submitting all of my best prints to #printmaking...I don't want to overwhelm people so I'm just sticking to the one-a-week thing instead of asking the admin to add all my stuff at once.

And thank you very much- this print was actually kind of a nightmare. The two yellow runs are on stone, but the green is on a plate and I accidentally misregistered it by half an inch, and of course I didn't catch it until I put the key on. I was so frustrated and pissed off that I seriously kicked around the idea of just redoing the whole thing. I still have the block and I might alter it and create something new with it someday, but this one has kind of grown on me, misregistration and all.

The formality of the composition was intentional, as I was really heavily into the visual imagery of alchemical textbooks and mandalas at the time, but I agree- it is very static. Part of what I'm working on now is keeping the same sort of imagery and symbolism, but with more flow and movement to the compositions.

You always leave the best comments, seriously. <3
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
In hindsight litho ink is so transparent that you probably could have gotten away with printing your relief keyblock first and then the colors on top. Although if your relief layer wasn't utterly dry it might muck up your stone anyway.
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rabid-potato Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010   General Artist
You know, I hadn't thought of that. I know that a lot of the students this quarter are experimenting with relief and litho together, but I haven't seen any of the finished products so I don't know how they're turning out. I'll snoop around and see what I can find, haha.

I like the way the feathers look now too, but oh MAN was I pissed at the time.
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
I just know that on the few instances I printed black first and tried to print on top of that with colors, the colors were so transparent that they did not cover up the black AT ALL. I was kinda mad about this at the time but hey. It could certainly keep you registered.
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rabid-potato Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010   General Artist
That's actually a good idea...I'll have to try it. :O
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
You know I would never have thought that was mis registration until you said something. I like how the green layer interlocks with the black feathers but I can see what you are talking about. If it was all the same kind of registration it would be more straightforward but litho just has to be a bitch.
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