Author Archives: Claire B

About Claire B

I am a passionate printmaker, paper maker and book artist. I'm a 'forever' student and frequently attend courses and workshops to extend and improve my creative skills.

Project: Reflections from the Pier

In November my husband and I had a few days away in a rented holiday cottage. A beautiful venue, only 8 onsite cottages, lovely helpful management couple and 40 acres for us to roam. The best thing was the view … Continue reading

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Brain Clutter: New experimentation

It was late 2021 when I started this project and posted my first Brain Clutter series collagraph (see here) and I’ve been keen to return to the theme ever since. Last week, at a 5 day residential collagraph workshop I … Continue reading

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2023 01 20 Image of the week

Bobby Baugh, Fierce and Unrelenting – Art QuiltMonotype printing by hand and direct painting with archival acrylic paints. Includes relief printing, resist printing, stencils and direct painting. Collage construction and machine stitching and quilting. The entire surface is richly textured … Continue reading

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Print commission: Piece 3

For the final piece for this commission I went back to one of my very old linocut pieces based on a drawing of a shoe I did in 2014. The previous two prints I created both relied on damp paper … Continue reading

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Print commission: Piece 2

Last week I attended a 4 1/2 day collagraph workshop and created 3 new plates. I decided to try one of them on the handmade Hemp paper I’ve been sent to experiment printing with. The first piece I printed for … Continue reading

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Print commission: Piece 1

I was recently engaged to explore printing on handmade Hemp paper by someone who intends to market this paper for sale. I was given a general idea of what was required based on some work I had done previously. Piece … Continue reading

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Preparing chine collé

I’ve been painting acid-free tissue paper – to use when printing – in preparation for a 5 day collagraph course I’m about to attend. I used very watered-down acrylic paints, allowed the tissue to dry and then ironed the pieces … Continue reading

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2023 01 02 Image of the week

Jane Davies, Pattern Study Neutral 1, acrylic & collage Resources:http://www.jane-davies.pixels.com/art/paintings/pattern+study

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2022 12 27 Image of the week

Carol Staub, Moon Over Birchwoods, mixed media on canvas, 24 x 24 x 1.50″ See more of this artist’s amazing works by clicking on the link below. Resources:http://www.carolstaub.com/?keyvalue=6715&page=ViewCollection&subkeyvalue=27672&startrec=21

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Paper experimentation

On recent visits to the papermaking studio I’ve been exploring laminating paper. In papermaking terms this means layering multiple pulled pieces together into a single finished sheet. I started with white: as much as possible recycled cotton rag printing paper … Continue reading

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2022 12 19 Image of the week

Vladimiro Elvieri, Fragments III, engraving, mixed media (roulette, perforation on forex), 50 x 70cm, 2014 Resources:www.mchampetier.com/Vladimiro-Elvieri-2497-en.html – well worth clicking this link to view some amazing artworks. His drypoints are astounding.

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Print group concertina swap

Every December our print group cut up either failed or excess prints produced during the year and swap with each other to create small concertina books. Our group is full of very experienced printmakers, most of whom specialize in specific … Continue reading

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2022 12 08 Image of the week

Marco Luccio, The Puppet, drypoint on Velin Arches, edition of 25, 29.5 x 19.5cm, 2021 Resources:http://www.marcoluccio.com.au/artworks/the-puppet/ – well worth scrolling through his website. An exceptionally talented artist across a variety of media.

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Collagraph: Scribbles – Part 2

Several weeks ago I created a new collagraph plate which I decided to use as a swap project print. I blogged about the trials here. This week I’ve completed a series of 13 – 12 to swap and 1 for … Continue reading

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A bit of time out

It’s been a stressful week so it seemed like a good time to take a few minutes away from other people to mess about in the studio with some loud music, a bit of paper and some pens. Going through … Continue reading

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2022 11 11 Image of the week

Tricia Stubberfield, Retain, linocut, ink embroidery, 40cm x 40cm You can find more about the artist at http://www.thegoodeggstudio.com and on facebook. Resources:The Hand magazine, issue 38, page 20

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Quick monotypes

I had a quick dip into the world of monotypes recently after watching a few short videos. Essentially I spent a bit of time with ink, scrapers and credit cards to see what marks I could make. These two were … Continue reading

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2022 11 02 Image of the week

Andrea writes on her site: I’ve long admired the diaphanous teabag. Once steeped, emptied, unfolded, and ironed, the little pieces of paper resemble parchments; small stories of collections of moments. After flattening the mottled papers, I paint them with streaks … Continue reading

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Revisiting a collagraph

Back in 2017 I attended a very good and frantically busy workshop exploring a range of printing methods. During the course we each constructed a collagraph plate, Shellacked, then inked and printed them. This was mine: On the left is … Continue reading

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2022 10 27 Image of the week

I came across this amazing collagraph on the facebook group Collagraph world wide which I’m a member of. I’ve done a little with silk aquatint but haven’t explored it this far. Now it’s definitely on my to-do list. The artist, … Continue reading

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2022 10 21 Image(s) of the week

My creative life revolves around textures and shapes so when my husband gave me these images taken on his new Canon camera I was thrilled. They depict part of a wet, tarnished and rusted drain cover on one of our … Continue reading

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Collagraph: Scribbles

Exploring new techniques to create plates I got my mini drill out and, using a fine tip, applied it to the surface of a piece of mountboard. The aim was to produce a range of organic imprecise lines as opposed … Continue reading

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2022 10 05 Image of the week

Julia Matveeva, “Viktoria”, toned cyanotype, 4″ x 4″ Resources:The Hand Magazine, issue 38

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Messing about with paint – Day 4

I noticed how similar my colour palettes were in my two previous pieces so decided to make some adjustments. I also took note of my comment that perhaps squiggles – a bit more organic than my blocks and lines – … Continue reading

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Exhibition: Topophilia

Topophilia : a sense of belonging This solo exhibition by Helen MacRitchie has been showing throughout September, ending on 2nd October. I’ve know Helen for many years and always admired her artworks. The basis of her practice is wet felted … Continue reading

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Messing about with paint – Day 3

On day 3 of the challenge I stuck with acrylic paints, as I enjoyed them so much on the first day. After painting this piece I became stuck on what to do with it next. So I left it alone … Continue reading

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2022 09 26 Image of the week

This is a close-up photo using my phone, which is what I have to hand when walking my dog on bush trails. This image, in a similar manner to my previously featured Banksia photo, seems over-detailed (too sharp?) if that … Continue reading

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Messing about with paint – Day 1

Last week two friends and I decided to join a 5 day on-line creative challenge. The basis was supposed to be painting but the ethos was pretty much ‘anything goes’. As it was a free thing, designed to enthuse participants … Continue reading

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Experimental Collagraphs workshop

I’ve barely posted anything recently but I’ve still been super creative and busy with a variety of projects, all that will be shared eventually. Earlier this month I taught a one day collagraph workshop. It was fun but extremely busy … Continue reading

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Review: Three Rivers Exhibition

An acquaintance of mine, Gail Stiffe (from Papermakers of Victoria), and two others came together to present their exhibition Three Rivers recently and I spent some time at the gallery enjoying the works while Gail was there, so we could … Continue reading

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2022 09 03 Image of the week

I’ve long been a fan of Sarah Ross Thompson and her style of collagraphs. Resources:Sarah Ross Thompson Etsy shop

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Project: etched swans

I made my first etched plates in 2016 and my first hard ground etching was some swans I had drawn. This was pretty boring, simple line work, and my tutor at the time thought adding some water and sky would … Continue reading

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2022 08 14 Image(s) of the week

A few weeks ago we were in the heat of the Northern Territory and Western Australia. A beautiful holiday that I’ll reference in the future. On arrival back in Sydney we were struck down with illness for a couple of … Continue reading

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Vicki Bosworth exhibition

During my recent visit to the Milk Factory Gallery in Bowral I came across the artist Vicki Boswell. She and Susan Heslin were exhibiting their work within the theme of ‘Stepping into View’. I was particularly drawn to Vicki’s work: … Continue reading

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Project: Splat

A couple of weeks ago I was searching through my somewhat disorganised sketchbooks for something to translate into a photopolymer intaglio print (a solar plate print). This is my least favourite print style (after screenprinting) for a number of reasons. … Continue reading

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2022 07 12 Image of the week

The weather is currently cold and wet with dark days and a lot of wind. However, just a couple of weeks ago, during a sunny spell, when walking the bush trails I saw a sparkling Banksia tree. Not having my … Continue reading

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Exhibition: Southern Printmakers

As I new member of this exhibiting group I was delighted to see my book ‘minimal’ on display at the Milk Factory Galleries (Pop-up 1 & 2) when I visited on Thursday. It was also an opportunity to see all … Continue reading

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Project Minimal: Complete

Both internal and external pages have been printed and bound using reverse piano hinge. Each internal page has a semi-translucent title page preceding it, as an introduction to the following abstracted imagery. Although previous posts have shown the origin of … Continue reading

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2022 06 27 Image of the week

Super photograph of our dog Jack taken by my husband a couple of weeks ago as the sun was going down.

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2022 06 20 Image of the week

Yulia Protsyshyn, Circles, lithography, 34 x 46 x 5cm, 2017 Resources:https://bit.ly/3xxUquy

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Collagraphs with handmade paper

I’ve long been told that it’s difficult to print intaglio on unsized handmade paper, so it was time to give it a go. I always print on quality cotton rag paper, usually 250gsm BFK Rives, so my failures can be … Continue reading

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Project Minimal: Eighth page

There is much bushland around where I live and I walk the trails regularly. Teenagers on bicycles & mountain bikes and older lads on motorbikes are systematically destroying areas of the bush; chopping down trees, pulling out shrubs and native … Continue reading

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2022 06 06 Image of the week

Lisa Brussell, Shoreline At The Jetty, ziatype over archival print, 6″ x 8″ See more of Lisa’s work at instagram.com/lisabrussell Resources:The Hand magazine, issue 86, P36

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Collagraph: cutting and arranging

Several years ago I printed a series called ‘Other Worlds’ and I’ve now repurposed one of the original collagraph plates. My favourite print from the plate looked like this: I started by cutting the plate into pieces and sealing the … Continue reading

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Project Minimal: Seventh page

Low tide at Bellambi Point dog beach. It’s a place I visit regularly and I’ve many, many photos of rock pools, surf, sea grasses, sand undulations, shells and discarded detritus. Source photo: From paper I cut three abstract shapes. This … Continue reading

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2022 05 10 Image of the week

Peter Baczek, Take One Last Look, etching Resources:http://www.baczekstudio.com/baczekstudio/Etchings.html#11

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Paper from pulped fibres

A couple of weeks ago I posted about making paper pulp from a variety of materials including denim and hessian. After the workshop there was plenty left for me to use, so I made some paper from the hessian. It’s … Continue reading

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2022 05 03 Image of the week

I saw this image on the ABC news website advertising ABC Four Corners and thought it an apt visual prompt to entice me to read the full article regarding taxpayer-funded contracts, worth more than AUS$1.1 billion, awarded to a company … Continue reading

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Project Minimal: Sixth page

Still taking pictures of the breakwater in Newcastle I was amazed to see rocks heavily pock-marked by wind erosion. Well, I assume that’s what’s caused these amazing indentations in the rocks. Source photo: Using Sharpie pen and paper I drew … Continue reading

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Project Minimal: Fifth page

This print originated from some drawings I did of the TV remote control where I was exploring abstracting a drawn design, full details of which are here. The item was drawn fairly accurately, then again without looking at the paper … Continue reading

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