This postcard’s image ended up being a big one for me, process-wise! Some things really started clicking and it was super fun to work on. I again pulled an image from my Japan notebook (it was one year ago now that I was there!) — a drawing of a framed snakeskin from an okonomiyaki restaurant on Omishima Island.
I had a lot of fun constructing the films by hand, using ink and splatters and cutting and taping. I’d like to try this process on a larger scale soon. I didn’t mock this up in the computer so I made educated guesses at what it would look like printed.
I decided on four colors for the print — red, transparent green, metallic gold, and dark brown. Knowing those were the colors I wanted to work with, I started to figure out how to pull the image apart. I knew I wanted some of the color layers to overlay, namely the green, to create a complementary brownish color.
I also decided I didn’t want to use the computer at all to make the image/the films. Instead I drew with pens and India ink, making ink splatter textures for the snakeskin, and applying ink and then scratching it away with an Xacto knife, for a “wood grain” effect on the frame.
While working on this image, I did a test exposure of my pens to see which of them will expose on a screen, and found out that my favorite pen to draw with (Papermate Flair Medium) WILL EXPOSE ON SCREEN which means I can use my favorite pen and draw directly on transparencies.
Since the printing of this postcard, I have purchased a 24” roll of transparency film, so I can scale up and make some larger prints using similar handmade processes. I am excited to start making some test textures and see what I can put together.
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