Tag Archives: Original Print Making

‘Family Tree’ commissions

28 Aug

I am now taking commissions for hand carved and printed ‘Family Tree’ lino cuts.

Size and price will vary depending on how large your family is! However, as a guide the example below (A4) is £55 unframed.

I can also double print or do a reductive print for the same price.

Please contact me via email at slippersandhats@hotmail.com with any requests or queries. 

'Family Tree' A4 £55 (unframed)

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Rocking a Mezzotint

19 Aug

I started preparing a copper plate for a new mezzotint this week.  This process is quite long winded and involves passing a ‘rocker’ across the plate in at least 20 different directions. 

Rocking a mezzotint

Rocking a mezzotint

The rocker is a curved tool with tiny teeth that are designed to leave a row of dots on the metal surface that will hold ink. 

Rocking a mezzotint

Rocking a mezzotint

By ‘rocking’ the plate in several directions the surface becomes rough and covered in burs that will now hold ink and if printed at this stage the plate should print a velvet black.

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To create the image the rough burs are then scraped away and burnished to create lighter tones that will hold less ink.

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Below is a reminder of my willow tree mezzotint plate and the print taken from it.  This was one of my first successful mezzotints, and i’m glad to have finally got round to trying this method again! (however long it may take me!)

Willow tree Mezzotint in progress, this shows the mere foundations of where i've started to map out the image.  At this angle it looks like it's printable but there's a lot more work to do before it can be proofed!

Willow tree Mezzotint in progress, this shows the mere foundations of where i’ve started to map out the image. At this angle it looks like it’s printable but there’s a lot more work to do before it can be proofed!

 

It's almost there, I just want to define the edges a bit more and add some more highlights.

It’s almost there, I just want to define the edges a bit more and add some more highlights.

Monoprint/Etching experiments

18 Aug

I have recently started experimenting with the idea of the ‘multiple’ by playing around with an old etching and printing over the top of monoprints.  I bought myself a beautiful book called ‘Wildlife in Printmaking’ and came across some amazing monoprints which inspired me to consider using this technique more in my own work.

There are six main methods of monoprinting, some of which are more controlled, but on the whole the great (or perhaps frustrating) thing is that you never quite know what you’re going to get!

Different methods:

1. Positive – Rolling out a thin layer of ink, placing your paper onto the ink and drawing directly onto the back

2. Negative – After taking your positive print, place a new piece of paper onto the ink and rub.  This should pick up the negative marks.

3. Stencil – Using shapes to block areas of the rolled out ink. Also can be flipped over and double printed/layered.

4. Painterly – Painting the ink onto surface using different brushes and tools, laying the paper down and rubbing the back.

5. Reductive – Rolling out the ink and then using different tools e.g. pallet knife or end of a paintbrush to remove ink and make different marks before laying paper over and rubbing.

6. Found objects – Using materials, fabrics, bubble wrap, sand, folded paper etc to take ink away.  Then perhaps flip the materials over to pick up ink from the different textures.

Below are some of the examples of my experiments using stencils for my monoprints.  As you can see they come out quite differently each time!

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PRINTMAKING COURSES September 2014

10 Aug

Check out the printmaking courses taking place at Wensum Lodge, Norwich! There are 4 different courses available from September one of which is brand new!

Monday evenings 6-8pm: INTAGLIO FOR BEGINNERS *NEW!*
This is a 12 week course focussing on intaglio techniques including drypoint and zinc etching.

Tuesday afternoons 3-5pm: PRINTMAKING FOR BEGINNERS
Also a 12 week course offering the chance to try monoprint, lino cut, collagraph and drypoint.

Tuesday evenings 6.30-9.30: CITY AND GUILDS PRINTMAKING QUALIFICATION (Level 2-3)
A year long accredited course offering the chance to build a portfolio of work and develop skills to produce prints of a saleable quality. (Core projects: Design, sampling, collagraph, lino cut)

Friday mornings 9-1pm: CITY AND GUILDS PRINTMAKING QUALIFICATION (Advanced Level 3)
A year long course for those with some previous experience of art/printmaking, also building a portfolio with opportunities to meet practising artists and develop technical skills. (Core projects: Design, sampling, drypoint/etching, multiple block printing)

See the poster below for more info!

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Art Car Boot Fair

13 Jun

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Amongst other things I’ve been super busy getting ready for a new event taking place in Norwich this Sunday! The Art Car Boot Sale is taking place at Redwell Brewery, just under the bridge towards Trowse. There will be many local artists selling their goods along with local beer, food and music so spread the word!

 I’ve been busy hand printing some of my lino designs onto tote bags using my own ‘Little Blue Press’ and have been using my garden shed as a studio space! I’ll have some new work on sale as well as most of the prints featured in my ‘portfolio’!

Spread the word, share the link and see you there!

 

Thanks for reading, L

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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.

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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!