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:
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.
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…
- 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.)
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,
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!!
‘G.Granddad’ £70 (unframed) etching
‘Millicent’ £160 (unframed) etching
‘A Grand Day Out #2’ £70 (unframed)
Bear £30 (unframed)
‘Mezzotype’ £200 (unframed)
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!
Rocker £60 (unframed)
‘Mezzotype’ £200 (unframed)
We have been working hard over the summer to sort out our etching facilities at Print to the People! This Wednesday I spent time doing a test etching to check that it’s all in working order before the Introduction to Etching course on the 8th of October (http://printtothepeople.com/courses)
Up until now, there has been no where for people to access etching in Norwich and it’s been my dream since finishing university in 2010 to set up facilities for graduates, artists and enthusiasts to continue experimenting with this traditional printmaking technique.
For now, we will mainly be working with ferric chloride and copper and the maximum plate size that will fit in the etching tank is A3, however we do have larger trays as well. We are also focussing on hard ground and soft ground as we are a bit limited for space, but we have an aquatint box in storage so watch this space!!!
If you interested in trying this technique check out the course info on the link above, or if you or some one you know has experience in etching then spread the word as you will be able to book an induction via firstname.lastname@example.org from October!