Archive | May, 2014

Etching Experiment

13 May

I produced this etching as part of a demonstration for the Level 3 Printmaking learners at Wensum Lodge. I prepared the plates for them by filing the edges and painting a hard ground onto the surface. I then demonstrated how to draw through the ground and to protect the back before placing in the ferric chloride. It was then etched for 35 minutes to get a strong line. (Hover over each image for more info..)

I then demonstrated how to apply a soft ground to and used some scrim and a cotton bud to remove some of the ground, creating a textured effect on the plate.


I will be editioning this etching soon!

Saffron Walden Museum

13 May

Always happy to come across an unexpected printing press! This is on display at Saffron Walden Museum alongside some great examples of old letter press posters!

Norwich Open Studios 24th May – 8th June: Martin Mitchell

12 May

I met Martin in 2010 by contacting the Norwich Print Fair about my hope to continue with printmaking after leaving university. Martin contacted me and offered to show me how to produce a ‘Mezzotint’ which is a very old printing technique and involves a lot of patience and dedication! Martin’s work often depicts the beautiful landscapes of Norfolk and Cumbria and he has developed his own techniques in order to create great detail and atmosphere in his work. I have now tried my hand at a few mezzotints myself and although it takes me much longer than Martin, I love the quality of the final print and hope to produce more soon! I am very lucky to still have access to Martin’s workshop and this is where I often spend my days off!

As part of their ‘Intaglio’ project I arranged for a couple of learners from the Level 3 Printmaking course (Wensum Lodge) to see Martin at work in his studio at Muspole Street, Norwich. He kindly demonstrated ‘rocking the plate’ and also proofed a plate that he was still working on. Below are some images from his demonstration but also if you want to go and see for yourself, you can visit him at the Norwich Open Studios from Saturday the 24th May – Sunday the 8th June!!

The Aidan Kirkpatrick Studio

12 May

I vaguely mentioned before now that I have been assisting 82 year old artist-printmaker, Aidan Kirkpatrick, since November 2013. He contacted me through the Norwich Art School to find someone who could help with an order of prints and I have felt very honoured to have the opportunity to work with such an experienced artist. Aidan used to teach etching at Langley School and since retiring several years ago has successfully continued with his own practice, exhibiting throughout the country and also particularly in Bruges – as depicted in many of his works.

I have learnt several new techniques while working with Aidan, for example using a ‘dolly’ to spread the ink across the copper plate, this is when you take a small ball of cotton wool and wrap it in a piece of soft scrim – tying it at the neck with a bit of string or masking tape. I have also been shown how to cut a mount, the best way to dry prints, how to remove unwanted marks and how to cut glass!

I assisted Aidan with an order of around 30 prints, which we completed a few weeks ago. These mostly were his etchings of Bruges as they were then sent off to his contact out there. Since finishing the order, Aidan has kindly let me use his workshop and as it is out in the country, I intend to spend some sunny days producing more work over the summer.

Below are some images of The Aidan Kirkpatrick Studio and Gallery in Loddon, if you pass it – go and have a look!