Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Mono printing with Collage


Mono printing is a lovely, immediate form of printmaking and goes well with collage.  Here is a bit about the process.  Using an image or still life as a good composition:




I collage onto paper:





Then transfer an inked drawn line onto the collaged image:




Which produces this effect on paper and includes other incidental marks which is the finished image:



Below are some students' work on a workshop that I taught at Westhope College, Shropshire.  If you would like to learn this exciting print process with me my next one day workshops at Westhope in Mono print with Collage are Wednesday 4th April and Saturday 18th August.





















Thursday, 15 March 2018

Monoprinting with Collage workshop, Westhope College 4th April 2018



My next 'Monoprint & Collage' workshop at Westhope College near Craven Arms, Shropshire is on Wednesday 4th April.

With an image of your choice , work in this exciting print medium by using a mixture of, mono printing, collage and other media.


Materials, light lunch, tea, coffee, & cake included.
To book please phone Westhope 01584 861293

Monday, 29 January 2018

New Year, new work and workshops


The New Year has started well with two lino workshops in different venues, I've started some new work which I will share soon and some other exciting news which will be revealed in due course.

My lino workshops have been well attended and the first one was a Beginners Lino Print workshop at Westhope College, near Craven Arms in Shropshire.  This is a lovely venue in the Shropshire countryside and the course includes a light lunch and refreshments throughout the day.  The students start off by cutting a test block to enable them to get used to cutting the Japanese silk vinyl that we use, ink it up and print using a small etching press:


Then using an image, drawing or photo of the students own they cut a larger block and then print this in their choice of colour:








A selection of all the prints produced during the day:












The second of my lino workshops took place in a different setting, the workshop at Birmingham Printmakers and this was an intermediate workshop, Introduction to Reduction Lino Printing where one block is used to cut away from and two to three separate layers of colour can be printed from the same block.  Although this is an intermediate course I had beginners on this workshop who did very well and coped with the more complicated techniques of this process:




















Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Holly Linocut Cards and Gift Tags




Looking back at my blog posts I realised that I hadn't included the Holly linocut cards and gift tags that I first printed in 2015!   I used Japanese silk vinyl to cut my block above and wanted to create a card with a border onto recycled card and envelopes.  This was the second block I cut as I improved on my design in this one.

Firstly I printed my design in a luscious dark green and then printed the same design onto gift tags which are also recycled card:















Later I hand printed the same design with a festive red onto cards and gift tags.  All of these cards and tags can be found in my online Etsy and Folksy shops.












Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Church Stretton Arts Festival Exhibition




Although the summer is long gone I'm catching up with posting photos of my work in the Church Stretton Arts Festival exhibition in which I was an invited guest artist alongside printmakers Paul Hipkiss and David Harbon.  

The exhibition was a great success and it always good to stand back and take a look at your work as a whole and reflect on how it all comes together, how the work is progressing and ideas for moving forward.  My framed screen prints and blind embossings have been produced for different projects, there is a sense that they complement each other and work well together.














All three guest artists' work together:  Paul Hipkiss; David Harbon, Jacqui Dodds




Linoprints and sketchbook by Paul Hipkiss: