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‘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.


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


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.

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.





Norwich Print Fair 2012! Summary!

1 Oct

I decided not to post any images of the Print Fair until after the show as I wanted to encourage people to come down and see it for themselves! Now a week has past since the end of the exhibition so here is a summary of my experience this year!

It was exciting once again to see the show up and running , the standard of work is always amazing but this year in particular demonstrated a wonderful range of techniques and styles.  We had a few new members including Peter Chadwick http://www.norwichprintfair.co.uk/Peter_Chadwick whose work was greatly admired and Richard Horne http://www.elhorno.co.uk/ who did really well with his graphic prints! It’s always a thrill to meet new artists and discuss each other’s work and throughout the show both artists and visitors enjoyed a really sociable experience.

The two Saturdays were our open portfolio days, where we had the opportunity to show even more work and converse with the public as they  meandered through the exhibition.  I particularly enjoyed chatting to some of the young GCSE and A Level students who were sent down to research for projects! I took my copper plates with me so that I could demonstrate the different stages of making a print and found that people were generally really interested to know how the processes work.

We had a demonstration day on Sunday the 16th.  Not all of the artists took part (as it would have taken more than one day!) but those who did were thrilled to have 350 or so people pass through to watch the goings on.  I decided to take part this year and set up a table with examples of my proofs and different plates and tools.  I had a good cluster of people asking me about how the plates were produced and the equipment used to work on the image.  It therefore helped that Laurie Rudling http://www.norwichprintfair.co.uk/Laurie_Rudling had a small press next to me and was demonstrating the inking up of a plate.  To a print maker the whole printing process is why we do what we do. We are just as passionate about the end result as we are to show how it was made in the first place and the response from the public is always great because they have a better understanding of the images they are looking at.

Overall the exhibition had a really positive public response and it was once again showed evidence of it’s support through sales of artwork, cards and raffle tickets!

A big big thank you to all who took part and who came to see the Norwich Print Fair 2012! It has been much appreciated!