Author Archives: Claire B

About Claire B

I'm a passionate printmaker, paper-maker and a poor sketcher (which I'm working to improve). I've stitched from early childhood and am a perpetual student, loving learning and participating in everything creative.

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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Pulping fibres

Last week three of us met at Primrose Park to pulp a variety of fibres to be used to create paper at an upcoming workshop we’re teaching. As there will be several participants it called for a more industrial approach … Continue reading

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Project Minimal: Fourth page

More photos of the breakwater in Newcastle show not only huge rocks in place but also concrete blocks, which I can only imagine were installed by cranes using the handles clearly visible. Source photo: Finished print: 300gsm Hahnemuhle warm white … Continue reading

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Project Minimal: Third page

A recent overnight stay in Newcastle (NSW) gave me the opportunity to walk the length of Nobby’s Breakwater, although I see on Google maps it’s marked as Newcastle Breakwater. With my camera in hand I took many photos of the … Continue reading

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Project Minimal: Second page

During a few days away recently we stopped at Terrigal and walked along the recently completed sea-front boardwalk. I took numerous photos of the wind carved rocks, some of which can be seen in the image above. Source photos: Finished … Continue reading

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Project Minimal: First page

The inspiration for this project comes from my recent photos and drawings which have been abstracted, simplified and stylised. The end results bear no relation to the original source materials which have been used to inspire exploration of shape, colour … Continue reading

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Project Minimal: Experimentation

For the last couple of months I’ve been working on abstracting designs from drawings and photographs, trialing stencils and masking techniques, exploring textural prints and creating layers. All this for my current project entitled Minimal – having put my Brain … Continue reading

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2022 03 16 Image of the week

A rainbow-coloured fish that lives on “twilight zone” reefs off the Maldives has finally been recognised as a new species, more than two decades after its discovery. Read about this amazing creature here. I couldn’t resist this stunning photo from … Continue reading

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2022 03 10 Image of the week

Bob Cornelis, Chain Link, monotype, 10″ x 8″ I’ve long been a fan of Bob’s work, his abstract shapes have a huge appeal to me and this isn’t the first time I’ve featured his prints. Some of my recent work … Continue reading

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2022 03 03 Image of the week

Lyon native Ememem, aka “the pavement surgeon”, examines the streets of European cities and checks for splintered pavement and sidewalks fractured in pieces. Using tiles and stones, he patches the gouged wounds with vibrant mosaics, which nestle into uniquely shaped … Continue reading

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Abstracting a design

This week I’ve been building resources in my sketchbook. An A5 pencil sketch of TV remote controls sitting on my cutting mat was followed by a closer view of a specific area in Sharpie pen. I picked these as my … Continue reading

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2022 02 14 Image of the week

Always and forever, Australia. My homeland. Resources:Photograph by Philippe Brach, 18/5/2021, Coober Pedy, South Australia

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2022 02 07 Image of the week

Jacky Lowry, Cotton Tail Grass 3 1/5 #1, hand coloured collagraph, 25.5 x 11cm. Albany Grasses series. I’ve only recently become aware of Jacky Lowry and have been enjoying perusing her various sites and collections of work, especially her collagraphs … Continue reading

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Hard cover Coptic Stitch book

I’ve made books using Coptic Stitch in the past but yesterday I explored a method new to me. Previously I’ve worked individual threads up through the text block. So eight holes along the spine equates to 8 separate threads and … Continue reading

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Exploring Screen-printing

Last week I attended a 4 day screen-printing course with tutor Julie Ryder. Not only is she a very good practitioner, extremely well versed in the technicalities of the craft, but is also an excellent designer and tutor. Not all … Continue reading

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Print swap

At the end of the year our printmaking group always do a swap and make books using a print from each member. It’s a great way to share and have a record of everyone, as some don’t continue the following … Continue reading

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2021 12 24 Image of the week

Love this photo of the view from my workroom window taken by my husband.

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Kozo: Fibre to Paper

I’ve started transforming some of my kozo fibre (general term for the inner bark of mulberry trees) into sheets of paper. I cut some up and left other bits as long strands. I purchased this as per the photo below … Continue reading

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2021 12 13 Image of the week

Natalia Kleszczewska (Poland), Do Kogo (To Who), 2020, lithograph, 70cm x 50cm. Artist statement:A composition built on a reprinted grid of an old correspondence book. It is a sort of experiment in translating the humanoid form into the language of … Continue reading

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Brain Clutter: Plate 1

New project I’ve had a lot going on recently and have felt a little overloaded with thoughts, conflicts and noise – all internally. My new project, being created as an extension of my recent collagraphs, aims to document some of … Continue reading

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Collagraph: Man-made – progress

I first showed this print plate in October where I discovered the issue of using Shellac that had been made for a while and then shaken to remix. Tiny particles had hardened and subsequently transferred to the plate and printed … Continue reading

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Collagraph: Lines & Boxes

I’m enjoying exploring new collagraph materials and these 15cm square bases give enough space to quickly create small unified pieces. Stage 1 For this plate I started with varnished mountboard which I lightly sanded to get a roughened surface. Lines … Continue reading

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Collagraph: continuing Hexagons

I really enjoyed making this plate and the resulting prints I showed in an earlier blog, so I’ve continued with some colour experimentation. I’ve moved from the warmer sepia, red and orange/yellow hues into a much cooler set of colours; … Continue reading

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2021 11 09 Image of the week

Bob Cornelis, part of his City Simulacrum series, no further details Resources:www.bobcornelis.com/CitySimulacrumJB/CitySimulacrum.htm

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Collagraph: Hexagons

My new collagraph comes as a result of further experimentation leading from my ‘Man-made’ project in October. The strata has been constructed using a variety of media including, from left to right, Akua carborundum gel, several layers of torn handmade … Continue reading

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2021 10 25 Image of the week

I had a bit of a slip when out walking with Jack and while taking a breath, with my backside firmly on the ground (hoping no-one would come by), my eyes were level with the stem of a Purple Topped … Continue reading

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Collagraph: Man-made

Using minimal materials; essentially mountboard, a couple of pieces of lightweight paper and some adhesive foil, I built a low-relief multi-layered collagraph plate. I cut into a few areas, removing the mountboard surface, thereby encouraging the ink to ‘grab’ the … Continue reading

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2021 10 18 Image of the week

My chosen image back on 5th August 2019 was entitled ‘Dogs delight, owners nightmare’ and depicted a smashed up bush-trail bridge which I had navigated several times. I’m pleased to say that shortly after that post some very kind, anonymous, … Continue reading

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2021 09 15 Image of the week

Laurie Rudling, Les Vieilles Tours 1, collagraph, 15″ x 18″, Edition of 10 Resourses:Laurie Rudling Pinterest

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Project: trees

Having been in a very restrictive lock-down situation, due to increasing numbers of covid 19 cases in our state, I’ve been close to home for over 10 weeks now without a definite end in sight; possibly some small relaxation of … Continue reading

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2021 09 02 Image of the week

Noel Sandino, collagraph with monotype Resources:Collagraph Worldwide online groupNoel Sandino can also be found on Instagram at @monoprintess

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2021 08 12 Image of the week

Photography: Claire Brach

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Making Boxes from my stash

Over the last couple of years I’ve enjoyed a lot of monoprinting using stencils, masks and pattern-creation with textured items. I’ve amassed quite a stash of prints. A few of us decided to cut up our prints and create small … Continue reading

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Blizzard structures

Hedi Kyle is the coauthor, with her daughter, Ulla Warchol, of The Art of the Fold, a step-by-step guide to making a wide range of original structures. Over the past 3 weeks I’ve been exploring 6 of her designs based … Continue reading

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