Printmaking

Debossing in printmaking!

The first few debossed monotypes are hot off the press today! Embossing and Debossing is the process of creating a raised or recessed design in paper, without ink. Students started the process by creating a collage of shapes cut out from vintage magazines. Students worked on combining biomorphic and geometric shapes in a variety of ways to create a composition that they found personally compelling. We explored visual elements and principles and looked at contemporary artists Elizabeth Murray and Assume Vivid Astro Focus, as well as artwork by Joseph Albers, Ellsworth Kelly, and graphic designer David Airey. To explore a variety of compositions, students made several rubbings with both the positive and negative shapes before creating their first debossed print. Next we will move on to exploring color symbolism and creating monotypes with inks.

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