This video shows the results of the 2023 March Art Dare: printmaking. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Jordan McCracken-Foster.
Pat McIlroy (Canada)
“I started printmaking at the beginning of this year, and it has taken over! In March I knew I would be drawing robots everyday based on a prompt list, but I didn’t want to get too far away from printmaking.
So I decided I would make a print for every fifth prompt. The drawings would be mostly black and white, so I wanted these prints to be splashes of colour along the way.
All prints are carved on rubber and printed with water-soluble ink.”Pat McIlroy
“Months ago I bought a set of DIY cyanotype chemicals. It sat unopened through a gloomy winter, but by mid-March the sun seemed bright enough to try it.
For the process to run smoothly, preparation is key, so I had to embrace it despite myself. I took my time choosing and editing my own photos for transparencies, and tested different combinations of objects for photograms.
Feedback in the Discord helped me appreciate how ethereal or ghostly this medium can be, so I leaned into that more deliberately in subsequent prints.
I’ve had so many blunders on this cyanotype crash-course, but it’s a thrill every time I take a ‘fully baked’ print out of the sun, rinse it in water, and watch those dreamy Prussian blues emerge. Magic!”Emily Jane