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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

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INTAGLIO FOR BEGINNERS!!

29 Aug

There are only 3 spaces left on the *new* Intaglio for Beginners course starting at Wensum Lodge, King Street, Norwich. The leisure course starts on September the 15th and focuses on learning drypoint engraving and also zinc etching.

You will be introduced to a range of skills and given information on artists, suppliers and further printmaking opportunities. Its only a 12 week course but you can always sign up to continue the following term!!

Here’s the link for more info, just type ‘printmaking’ into the key word box:

https://enrol.norfolk.gov.uk/AvailableCoursesList.Asp?&ID2=,%20,%20&ID3=?ID1=,%20?ID1=,%20

Please share with anyone you think may be interested!

 

 

Thanks, L

‘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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