Tag Archives: ferric chloride

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' £195 unframed £235 framed

‘The MG’ £195 unframed £235 framed

 

Advertisements

PRINTMAKING COURSES – SUMMER TERM!

24 Mar

Printmaking Courses at Wensum Lodge, King Street, Norwich!

https://enrol.norfolk.gov.uk/  … Just type ‘printmaking’ into the key word box!!

 

Summer Term and from September:

Intaglio for Beginners – Dry point and etching:

Monday evenings 6-8pm 12 weeks

Printmaking Intermediate – Monoprint, lino cut, collagaraph and drypoint

Tuesday afternoons 3-5pm 12 weeks

Summer Term only: 

Lev 1 Printmaking – Accredited course covering design, sampling, monoprint, collagraph, lino cut

Friday afternoons 3-6pm 12 weeks

From September:

Lino Cut for Beginners – single and reductive lino cut

Monday afternoons 2-4pm 12 weeks

Level 2 Printmaking – Accredited course covering research for design, sampling techniques, collagraph and lino cut

Tuesday evenings 6.30-9.30 pm 37 weeks (1 year)

Level 3 C & G Printmaking – Accredited course covering research for design, sampling techniques, drypoint and multiple block lino cut

Friday mornings 9am-1pm 37 weeks (1 year)

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

PRINTMAKING COURSES – JANUARY 2015!! SIGN UP NOW!!!

20 Nov

There are two leisure courses in printmaking starting up again at Wensum Lodge ( King Street, Norwich ) from the 5th of January 2015! This includes the new course ‘INTAGLIO FOR BEGINNERS’ which started up this term and has been a great success (see images below of some of the prints produced!)

LINK (Just type PRINTMAKING into the key word search and check how many places are left)

http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/Leisure_and_culture/Adult_education/index.htm

You can enrol online or by calling this number 0344 800 8020

INTAGLIO FOR BEGINNERS!

Focussing on engraving and etching techniques, this course offers the opportunity to develop your drawing skills in to print.  You will be using drypoint tools to engrave rhenalon and aluminium and also shown various techniques using environmentally friendly methods of printing.  Not only this, you can also try both hard ground and soft ground etching on zinc – a more complicated process but with professional and saleable results!

The course takes place on Monday evenings between 6 and 8pm and will run for 11 weeks! This course filled up quickly last time so make sure you enrol soon! (It could even be a great Christmas present?!)

PRINTMAKING FOR BEGINNERS (INTERMEDIATE)!

An opportunity to try four different printmaking methods including monoprint, lino cut, collagraph and drypoint, this course is a great introduction to various techniques and processes.  It is perfect for both complete beginners as well as those who already have some experience!  You can take advantage of the facilities and develop your own style and way of working with the support of the tutor (me) and others in the group!

The course takes place on Tuesday afternoons between 3 and 5 pm and also runs for 11 weeks! Make sure you sign up as there are some regulars who come back every term so places fill up super quick!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Thanks for reading! Please share with any one who may be interested!

L

Intaglio Update and Course Information (January 2015!)

29 Oct

The Printmaking courses at Wensum Lodge are well under way and gladly they are all running!

I mainly want to update about the new course, ‘Intaglio for Beginners’ which is now half way through.  So far we’ve covered drypoint on rhenalon and aluminium and looked at different ways of inking up using soya and oil based inks.  With a full group of ten its a bit of a squeeze in the print room but I have to say that some of the prints the group have produced so far are really great!

After half term I will be introducing the group to etching. They’ll be using copper sulphate to produce etchings on zinc, starting with a hard ground for the initial drawing and then moving on to try soft ground to add texture or tone! I decided to use copper sulphate for the beginners as it is much less toxic than using acid and has a relatively quick biting time. This Monday I produced an example and was surprised to find that it only took about 15 minutes to get a decent etch!

For my own work I usually use ferric chloride with copper plates as they give a much finer result, however I do really like the coarse line that can be created with zinc.  Below are some images of my plate from this week, i’ll update again soon once it has been printed!

 

If your interested in this 12 week course you will be able to enrol for next term pretty soon.  Keep an eye on this link:  http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/Leisure_and_culture/Adult_education/index.htm  Just type ‘printmaking’ into the key word box and the current courses and information will come up!  There’s also the ‘Printmaking for Beginners’ course starting up again in January too!

Thanks for reading,

L

Inspiration!

24 Mar

My Dad told me about this programme that I missed on BBC4 last Tuesday, I’m really pleased that he pointed it out to me as I have found it really inspiring! All I can say is I would love to live Norman Ackroyd’s way of life! That’s the dream!!

Watch him on What Do Artists Do All Day

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01rd35q/What_Do_Artists_Do_All_Day_Norman_Ackroyd/

Also have a look at his website at:

http://www.normanackroyd.com/

 

Etching Workshop 20/3/13

21 Mar

As promised this is my update for the etching workshop that took place at Wensum Lodge yesterday.. I’m really pleased with the way it went considering it was the first time I had taught a full group of learners! I started the session with a demonstration working into the copper plate – preparing the image, showing different ways of transferring the design and using different tools etc.. I also showed some of my own plates, proofs and prints to show examples of the different stages of making an etching.

Due to the use of ferric chloride I spent a lot of the time reminding people to wear their goggles and gloves, which Gini and I fashioned to make a good example! (it’s always a good look;)) The learners were a lovely group and took everything on board really quickly, making good use of the time! We could only have two people using the acid at a time which was ok because they all worked at different paces, but there was a stage where a few were waiting around.. this is however part of the process as it takes at least 30 mins for the etching to occur!

Over all it was a really productive day, everyone managed to create a hard ground line etching and some even got a few prints within the four hours! I really enjoyed sharing my knowledge about printmaking and even managed to answer all questions they had! It was a valuable experience and hope to be able to do it more often in my career as a printmaker/teacher!

As a thank you at the end of the workshop I was given a voucher for art supplies, which was very unexpected and i’m so grateful as I can now buy myself some new ink!

Below are some images of the day, I can’t show any of the learner’s faces on here but you can see some of the work produced and appreciate the goggle look! Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

 

Demonstrations!!

19 Mar

I agreed a while back to demonstrate hard ground etching to a printmaking group at Wensum Lodge.  This day has come around really quickly and is in fact tomorrow. While this is exciting and obviously a great experience to help me get into teaching, I am a little nervous about the responsibility considering the use of acid and sharp things.

I am on the other hand experienced and looking forward to seeing what the learners produce.  I spent today preparing the plates by filing the edges and painting liquid hard ground onto each of the 9 plates so that more time is spared for working the image and etching time.  I also mixed the ferric chloride for the first time which is a good thing for a technician to know how to do..

I am also in the process of applying for the Spring Show at the Wymondham Arts Centre and will be submitting two pieces of work. Hopefully i’ll have an opportunity to re-show a couple of my mezzotints and get a bit more exposure!!

I’ll update on how the demo went etc soon 🙂