I have always like Mondrian's tree painting. I like the sense of light and the almost abstract patterns of the branches. I wanted to get a sense of light coming from behind the tree and illuminating it with joy ( Ok a bit too over the top there). Anyway, I could not think how to get the darkness of the tree using the reduction method of white, through light to dark. My friend and one of our tutors, Ian, suggested turning it on its head and starting with a print of a tile that had no indentations made in it and using black in. So, that's what I did. I covered my polystyrene tile, pre-cut to my preferred size in solid black ink and printed it. I then washed off the ink and started to indent what I wanted to stay black. This meant I had much less to indent and could enjoy making the lines in a slightly abstract pattern. I again used a pencil to indent the tile (I love this way of working - it is so quick and simple compared to lino cutting - although I do think I would like to do that next). Then I inked the tile with the pale blue ink (mixing blue with lots of white - both from the starter pack I had bought) and printed it. I then washed the tile again and indented around the tree. Ian had warned me not to mix the cuts up with the actual tree or it would look messy so I tried to avoid that. I was now too excited and working too fast so there was still water on my tile. I inked it with the pale yellow ( using white with a tiny touch of yellow from the starter pack). The water made the yellow spot onto the print, which I rather like, actually. The pictures below show my inspiration - Mondrian and my finished print.