I've been working on these textures for 5 months and have around 300 textures to process and edit! How is it that no matter how much time you allot to getting a project done, it seems to end up being a crunch at the end? :-)
I think it will end up being a collection in 3 volumes. Too many good ones to edit down more!
This is a really quick post as I need to get back to work, but here are details in a nutshell: (please forgive the grammer errors - I'll come back and correct!)
These are paint monotypes—also known as monoprints. (Monotype is the more accurate name in this case, but people often use monoprint and monotype interchangeably). I built up layers of paint impressions using a printing plate made of a gelatin-like material called a Gelli plate. What I love about this method is that I can build up distressed layers of paint that is similar to finding a wall of many layers of paint that have peeled off in places. I also love that although I've learned over many months how to have more control over the outcome, there is always an element of serendipity.
"Monoprints are known as the most painterly method among the printmaking techniques; it is essentially a printed painting." —Wikipedia
"...monotype, in printmaking, a technique that generally yields only one good impression from each prepared plate. Monotypes are prized because of their unique textural qualities." Encyclopedia Britannica
I've carefully developed my techniques using this printing process so that we get the wonderful textural possibilities of this process, but I am also careful to create a print that is useable as a background for images. Thus, in most cases I've restrained the details to the edges. Still, many of these would be great for use in design as well. The marks created by the paint roller are similar to the popular scratches in textures, but more artistic. Also, remember that although these have a lot of personality as is — they can easily be toned down by: cropping and changing the hue/saturation and contrast. I've also found that these work great converted to grayscale, increase the contrast and use with the overlay / soft light blend modes for a gentle texture treatment.
I use good acrylic paints and fine art papers to print on and then scan each print at each stage of it's process. Because I use the largest printing plate available, I have to scan each print in 4-6 passes and stitch them together in Photoshop. Each is then carefully cleaned up and creatively edited in Photoshop. I've scanned them large - really large! This way, they can be cropped to use without the edge detail and still have plenty of resolution to use with images from the highest end DSLRs today.
Did I mention yet that they will also be 30% off as a special launch price?! Yep! Pricing details to come!
Here's a sneak peek at the collection.
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