Lettuce Anyone?

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Inspirations and Designing | No Comments

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As promised today’s theme is lettuce! One of the assignments I like to give my advanced students is to create an artwork based on a fruit or vegetable.  They must sketch it both whole and in parts in order to discover a variety of ways of looking at an object.  Along with sketching from life, taking photographs from a variety of view points is part of the assignment.  (These visual references also come in handy when the fruits and veggies begin to go bad!)  Above is a sketch I drew of some leaf lettuce.  Photos are also helpful as references for possible color choices and combinations.

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Here is my studio set-up with bottles of dye print paste.  I traced my sketch onto clear plastic with my trusty Sharpie.  This gives me a reference for under my elevated silkscreen, as well as providing me with the option of reversing the reference image.

The silkscreen sits on two wooden risers as I work so there is a vague reference underneath for me to see…but not necessarily follow exactly!

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These 2 screens above have lettuce leaves painted with various color schemes.  The next photo below will show yet another screen with just an outline painted. I like to have lots of options ready for when I begin to print. As mentioned before these painted screens are allowed to dry completely before they are reactivated during printing.

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This last picture shows the lettuce leaves printed on cotton paper.  Additional prints were collaged on for this version of the lettuce leaves design.

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Whenever you need a new idea, or a healthy snack, just head for the produce department!

 

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