New etching – ‘The MG’

26 Apr

I have now completed a larger etching of my Granddad and friends admiring an MG in the 1930s. It is part of the same series of work, but I have experimented further with mark-making in the soft ground and used a mezzotint burnisher to add highlights and reduce the cotton texture in some areas.

I also decided to print in a colour blend, rather that the usual black and white and am really pleased with the effect this has. Colours used were Raw Umber (Lawrence intaglio ink) and Turquoise Lake (Intaglio Printmakers ink).

'The MG' £180 unframed £230 framed

‘The MG’ £195 unframed £230 framed

 

Courses at Print to the People

17 Mar

There are a number of courses now open for bookings at Print to the People, Norwich, over the next few months. With a bigger team of printmaking tutors, we now have more processes for you to try and some of the courses book up really fast so be sure to book now!

We also have an online ‘shop’ on our website where there is more info and images of each course and you can book directly from there… here’s the link!

http://printtothepeople.com/shop

Courses i’m teaching on include lino printing, muliple block printing, collagraph for beginners, drypoint and etching! Spaces still available !!

Printmaking Courses: Summer Term!

10 Mar

Enrolments for courses are now open for the summer term at Wensum Lodge!

Due to popular demand, I am now running two ‘Lino Printing for Beginners’ courses, one on Monday evenings (10 weeks) from 7-9pm and on Thursday mornings (12 weeks) from 10am-12pm.

There is also a ‘Printmaking – next steps’ course (10 weeks) available on Monday afternoons from 2-4pm. This will cover a range of techniques including drypoint, lino cut, monoprint and collagraph…

I am hoping to also get my ‘Intaglio for Beginners’ course up and running again, involving drypoint and etching, will soon update if this goes ahead!

For more information including course fees and how to enrol, follow this link:

https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/education-and-learning/adult-learning/courses/arts-and-crafts

Latest Work and News!

3 Mar

 

Admittedly I have had my usual lull between September and January in terms of doing my own art work! I am now teaching two leisure courses in Lino Printing for Beginners and a level 1 and level 2 NCFE in craft: Printmaking  at Wensum Lodge in Norwich. I am also a sessional tutor at City College and teach on the Art Foundation course on Tuesday afternoons.

Wednesdays, however, are still my day at Print to the People and during the quiet (and cold) winter months I have been working on a new etching of my Granddad and friends admiring an old MG in the 1930s.

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Shortly after starting this plate I was sent the usual email asking to show interest in taking part in this year’s Norwich Print Fair. At the time I had only done the initial hard ground line drawing but I sent this in and have been offered a place in the exhibition again in September!

Below are more images of my plate in progress and what I have done at each stage…

  1. The hard ground line drawing. Etched in Ferric chloride for 1 hour (it takes longer in the cold!)

2. First soft ground. Ran through press with a piece of cotton across the whole surface. White areas stopped out and additional lines added for a soft tone – these were drawn through tracing paper to give a more pencil like line when etched. Etched in weaker solution for 6-8 minutes.

3. Second soft ground etch. Focusing on the tree. Used an edge of mount card and scrunched up tissue to create random marks for the leaves (rather than drawing them individually!) Also re drew softer lines to create a darker tone on figures and the car.

4. Proof 2 and proof 3. Planning to burnish a ‘horizon’ and get rid of random marks in background. Might do one more etch but i’m pleased with the latest print…(white patches are where I tried to use whiting powder to lighten the background but it didn’t work well over the soft ground texture so going to burnish instead.)

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I’m aiming to have this print ready to exhibit in the Royal Norfolk Show in July alongside two other works. I sold both A Grand Day Out and A Grand Day Out #2 there last year, so I have been asked to submit 3 pieces this time!

Watch this space and thanks for reading,

LWHITEPRINTS

 

 

Wensum Lodge Printmaking Courses: Spring Term

2 Dec

Enrolments are now open for the Spring term at Wensum Lodge (King Street, Norwich!)

After popular demand this term I have sorted an extra course in Lino Printing for Beginners so there is now an option for Monday evenings or Thursday mornings. This course starts off with basic single block printing and then moves on to help you develop skills in reduction printing and multiple block.

Times:

Monday evenings 7-9pm for 11 weeks starting on the 9th of January

Thursday mornings 10am-12pm for 11 weeks starting on the 12th of January

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There is also Printmaking for Beginners on Monday mornings which gives you the opportunity to try 4 different methods including monoprint, lino cut, drypoint and collagraph.

Time:

Monday mornings 10am-12pm for 11 weeks starting on the 9th of January

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For a course that offers more development in the designing and research processes behind different printing methods, there is a Level 1 NCFE certificate in printmaking on Mondays as well. As an accredited course you will be expected to meet the NCFE criteria and build a portfolio of work that demonstrates the development of your ideas and techniques. You will sample various printmaking techniques and work towards a final edition of presentable prints.

This course will run from Monday the 9th of January from 13.30 – 16.30 for 24 weeks. once completed you might be interested in continuing these skills by doing a Level 2 course in September!

If you are interested check out further course info on the link below and also the course fees – which are all subsidised!

https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/education-and-learning/adult-learning/courses/arts-and-crafts

 

20% off my ETSY shop!!

25 Oct

I’ve added a 20% off coupon to my ETSY page until the 11th of November!

Selected prints from my portfolio are available, just make sure you enter 20PERCENT when ordering!!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/lwhiteprints?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair!

10 Oct

I was emailed earlier in the summer about taking part in the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair in London and am excited to have decided to take part! It looks like a great range of artist’s original prints will be on display and should be an opportunity to meet a wider printmaking community!

The exhibition takes place from the 17th – 20th November at the Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich and is curated by the Brocket Gallery London.

I’ve decided to exhibit ‘Mezzo-type’, my mezzotint from last year, and ‘Rocker’ as they were particularly interested in my embossed pieces and these combine different methods and will work well displayed together! I am particularly proud of ‘Mezzo-type’ as it was a real labour of love, and although it is a bit different to my most recent work, I do intend to do a twin print in the next year of another printmaking machine from the John Jarrold Printing Museum in Norwich.

Watch this space, and share the exhibition link! It’s going to be a fantastic showcase of printmaking from across the UK!

http://www.woolwichprintfair.com/exhibitors/