Further investigation into mono printing has included painting with oil paint onto an acrylic sheet. The oil paint is worked into an image using a palette knife. The outcome gives the impression of a matrix of spaces inside the moss.
Very pleased with the progress so far.
The next step is to print with oil paint onto the canvas before adding to stretchers.
The depth of field was challenging when photographing Sphagnum moss under the microscope today.
The top row of the image below is a selection of photographs captured with varying depths of field. Using Adobe Photoshop's 'clone' tool, the larger, totally in-focus rendition was created.
The image above gives an honest representation of the Sphagnum moss. Yet, the stacked and layered glasslike interpretation below is more realistic. The majority of the plant is out of focus, true to life and impressing of moss filled with liquid, gathered from the moss bog. In comparison, the image above has the appearance of empty chambers.
Fiona Swapp lives and works in Aberdeen. She has over 30 years experience as a graphic designer and botanical artist.
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