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I’ve been busy!

20 May

I have been really slack at updating my blog lately, but just wanted to show what I have been doing so far this year, on top of teaching and planning new and exciting things at Print to the People (watch this space! http://printtothepeople.com/home)

I have been working on four new etchings, two of which will be on show at this years Norfolk Show. I am working on two copper etchings that will accompany ‘Aidan’s Studio’, these are of closer studies of his workshop and are a combination of hard and soft ground etching techniques. I’ve also just finished two zinc etchings that are part of a new ongoing series of work based on old photos of family in Ireland in the 1930s.

‘A Grand Day Out’ and ‘A Grand Day Out #2’  are now available to buy:£70 mounted, £90 framed – i’ll put them in my portfolio and will also try to get my Etsy shop going again…

 

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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)

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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

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

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

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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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!