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Latest Work and News!

3 Mar

 

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.

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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…

  1. 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.)

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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,

LWHITEPRINTS

 

 

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‘Aidan’s Studio’

6 Apr
This image is of the plate with a liquid ground covering the surface.  This has been drawn through using an etching needle so that the exposed areas will then be etched away by the acid...

This image is of the plate with a liquid ground covering the surface. This has been drawn through using an etching needle so that the exposed areas will then be etched away by the acid…

This is the first proof taken after the 'hard ground' etch.  I decided that it needed some darker areas the balance out the image so re-etched with a 'soft ground' and drawn into using a small piece of card.. Also the inking up is a bit fluffy due to dirty scrim!..

This is the first proof taken after the ‘hard ground’ etch. I decided that it needed some darker areas to balance out the image so re-etched with a ‘soft ground’ and drew into it using a small edge of card.. The inking up is a bit fluffy due to dirty scrim!..

This is the plate after etching for the second time..

This is the plate after etching for the second time..

This is the plate inked up and ready to run through the press..

Inked up and ready to run through the press..

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I’m really pleased with how the final proof has turned out as I tried to use Aidan’s method of inking up to vary the tones but I think might benefit from an aquatint to help make this more consistent..

Proofing with Progress!

12 Mar

I currently have Wednesdays free to get some of my own artwork done and i’m really enjoying the chance to spend a whole day developing new ideas and working on different projects! I’m still trying to get down to the John Jarrold Printing Museum on Wednesday mornings and am beginning to get my head around type setting!

Below are some pics of a poem I have been setting up… as you’ll see there are some ‘u’s and ‘n’s in the wrong places, this could be because someone put the ‘sorts’ in the wrong place, or more likely I was struggling to read upside down and back to front!

At the workshop, I also took a proof of ‘Grandma’ to see if the soft ground shows when printed. I taught a session on Monday with the intaglio beginners group using a new batch of soft ground solution (copper sulphate) but have resolved that the mix was a tad too weak so I will be testing this again tomorrow to ensure I get better results for the learners. When etching a hard ground the copper sulphate or acid needs to be stronger so that the lines are etched down into the plate and hold enough ink to print a clear line.  There needs to be a weaker solution for soft ground as it can dissolve and break down too quickly, especially if a texture has been used to remove a lot of surface area. However, I do need to make the solution slightly stronger because as you can see by the print below, after 6 minutes it is still quite a light etch. (There are several factors such as time, room temperature, solution, plate type and ground that can affect this!)

I am pleased with how this etching has printed so far, particularly some of the free lines, but I want to draw into it more and work into the background to give it more depth…

I also proofed and actually started editioning the ‘rocker’ print as part of the tools of the trade project! It’s a mixture of etching, mezzotint, collagraph and as it turned out, a bit of chine colle! I had a really clear idea of how this might work in my head and i’m really excited about the result as I’ve been meaning to try combining methods in this way and think it will work really well in future work!

Thanks for reading, L

New Etchings

8 Mar

As part of my ‘tools of the trade’ project I have been working on an etching of a ‘rocker’ and so I thought i’d just post an image of the plate so far…  I’m intending to rock lines across the top of the plate to demonstrate how this tool is used but have also prepared a collagraph plate for the handle so that it will be embossed!

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I’ll be printing this on Wednesday as well as proofing this plate (below) This etching is to go with one of my early etchings, ‘Granddad’ and is based on an image of my Grandma and her sister in Cork in the 1930s. So far I have done a hard ground line, and used soft ground to apply a texture to the coats and background of the plate but I think I may need to work into it more to get a wider range of tones.. I have also produced a small collagraph to emboss one of the figures!

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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!

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

L

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!