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.

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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2021 07 20 Image of the week

Phil’s World, Common Wombat (Vombatus Ursinus), Guthega, NSW 2020 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year – Monochrome Winner Photo Credit: Charles Davis, NSW, Nikon D850, Nikon 200-400mm f/4 VR2, 1/1600, f/4, ISO 250, handheld. Resources:http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/news/2020/08/2020-ag-nature-photographer-of-the-year-winners/

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2021 07 14 Image of the week

Magdeleine Ferru (Glennallen, Alaska), Meandres, rolled up artists book, 25 black & white photographs printed on various papers (glossy, photo paper, transparent paper, inkjet paper…), collage, thread, wool, 3″ x 7′, 2020. Resources:http://www.justmagd.com/meandres/

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Project: Treads notebook

From time to time I use my prints as covers for notebooks. Today I used my hand-coloured print from my ongoing Treads project. Might as well use it rather than shoving it in a drawer for ever. It’s a simple … Continue reading

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Project: Treads

Car and truck tires seem to have been in my peripheral vision lately so I drew a few and collaged them together to form a rectangular design. Being such a fan of geometric and linear imagery I was pleased with … Continue reading

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2021 06 22 Image of the week

Paul writes about his creation: A project I started in February 2019. This is a book in the form of a Möbius band, so it has no covers, no beginning and no end. There are over 500 sections; each page … Continue reading

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2021 06 08 Image of the week

Chris Tegeler Beneman, High Line Variation XXIV, collagraph/monoprint, 30″ x 22″ I came across the work of this artist via The Hand magazine and was particularly attracted to his interpretations of architectural construction. Resources:http://www.chrisbeneman.com/

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Banksia Book – Constructed

Over recent months I’ve documented my progress in printing some Banksia themed solar plates I was given late last year. Some of them are quite worn, or possibly not etched deeply enough to start with, but they have been a … Continue reading

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2021 06 03 Image of the week

James Pasakos, The Passing, 2014, Monotype, 13.5 x 22cm Resources:http://www.jamespasakos.com/2011-present.html

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2021 05 12 Image of the week

Wendy Orville, Fallen Tree, Blakely, monotype, 11″ x 17″ Resources:http://www.wendyorville.com/

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2021 05 05 Image of the week

Peter Baczek, Diagonals, etching 6″ x 10″ Resources:The Hand Magazine, issue 32, contributing artist.See more work by this artist on his site http://www.baczekstudio.com/baczekstudio/Baczek_Studio.html

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Project: Information Highway

Take two products … Last year I invested in several new stencils. In theory I could have cut some of them myself but the strain on my hands and possible mistakes when doing this wasn’t worth it. So the question … Continue reading

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Workshop: Eco-printing with Wendy Joyce

Anyone who follows my site will know I’ve done a bit of eco-printing/dyeing over the years, but I’ve never tried it using a steaming method. Last week I was introduced to this new technique by eco-printer Wendy Joyce in her … Continue reading

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Exploration: Journey

I’m currently part of an on-line creative exploration course. It’s nothing onerous, just something to stimulate ideas and create some random drawings without too much thought. The word for the day was ‘Journey’ and I jotted down a few things … Continue reading

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2021 04 15 Image of the week

Hverfjall Crater, Iceland Resources:https://adventures.is/iceland/attractions/hverfjall-tuff-ring-volcano-crater/

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2021 03 31 Image of the week

Nigel Humphreys, drypoint, aluminium and Somerset satin This is one of the best pieces of drypoint I’ve seen in a long time. What attracts me? Firstly the subject matter; the fact that the face is only a slight impression leaving … Continue reading

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Coptic stitch sketchbook

Last week I did a short online Coptic stitch tutorial. I’ve only done this stitching twice before and neither time has the process really stuck in my mind. However, this tutorial was superb and with the benefit of videos which … Continue reading

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Banksia solar plates: further prints

I’ve now completed printing the remaining solar plates featuring Banksia designs that I was given. These are currently being dried ready to be formed into a book showcasing the best of the plates. Here are a few more of the … Continue reading

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Gel plate collagraph printing

I recently read an article describing the technique of pressing collagraph plates into an inked gelli plate surface, followed by pulling the print from the gelli plate – not the collagraph. In essence, a transfer print. My normal printing routine … Continue reading

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2021 03 17 Image of the week

Gold, enamel and diamond butterfly lady brooch by Lucien Gaillard, early 1900s. Who wouldn’t want to own something like this? So beautiful. Resources:www.facebook.com/Art-Deco-694826447195747/

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2021 03 08 Image of the week

Delita Martin, Rain Falls From The Lemon Tree, acrylic, charcoal, decorative papers, hand stitching, 52x72cm, 2020 Resources:http://www.blackboxpressstudio.com/recent-works-20172019

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Banksia solar plates: new prints

Since my last post regarding the etched solar plates I was recently given I’ve been experimenting with different papers and colourways to see what effects I can get. The plates are several years old and some of the etching isn’t … Continue reading

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2021 03 01 Image of the week

Resources:http://www.singingstonepress.com/#/pond-life/

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2021 02 24 Image of the week

Resources:http://www.debbiemackinnon.com/

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Banksia Book – Part 1

I recently wrote about some etched solar plates I’ve been given, which I’ve started printing. My aim is to create a book showcasing the prints to give to the friend who kindly donated the plates. My criteria are as follows: … Continue reading

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2021 Artists’ Book Award Exhibition

Friday, 19 February 2021 – 10:00am to Sunday, 28 March 2021 – 4:00pm In partnership with Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Northern Beaches Council Libraries hold an Artists’ Book Award attracting entries from around the world. From the exhibited selection … Continue reading

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Abstract Banksia solar plates

Late last year a friend gave me 2 etched solar plates depicting collages of Banksias taken from her own photos. I printed these for her (see post here) and she used them as book covers for a gift. Since then … Continue reading

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2021 02 08 Image of the week

Sonja writes: My inspiration was the kintsugi technique, the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with gold or silver paint. In Japanese aesthetics, the traces of breakage and repair contribute to the beauty of an object. Instead of paint, I … Continue reading

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Project: Noise

This project came about when playing very loud music whilst working alone in my studio. Sometimes finding it difficult to remain motivated through the long periods of lockdown and lack of external stimulation I used some of my favourite bands … Continue reading

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2021 01 27 Image of the week

Shari Replogle, encaustic art Resources:http://www.sharireplogle.com

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2021 01 19 Image of the week

Judy Dekel, Rushing Riverbed, watercolour, 2017 Resources:www.judydekel.com/landscapes

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2021 01 15 Image of the week

I came across this fabulous photograph on the Awesome Librarians facebook page (9/1/2021 post) and couldn’t resist it.

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2021 01 08 Image of the week

Resources:The Hand magazine, issue 29, August 2020, P20

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2020 12 29 Image of the week

This monoprint, by my friend Judy Howe, is part of the Hazelhurst Gallery & Arts Centre 20 year anniversary exhibition. I’ve always enjoyed her work; her reduced yet vibrant colour palettes create life in each of her original monoprints. Judy … Continue reading

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2020 12 22 Image of the week

I first became aware of Paul Catherall’s work through an article I read in Pressing Matters magazine earlier this year. When visiting his site I discovered a treasure trove of graphically designed linocut images of famous landmarks. What strikes me … Continue reading

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Working with selected colours

The designs I choose from all those I’ll be producing over the coming weeks will be scanned into the computer and used to generate a cohesive whole. I normally create my designs and work up the layers directly from paint … Continue reading

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Creating a Colour Selector chart

I’ve designed a system of recording both the variety of paints & drawing materials I own and the items & colours I intend to use for each project I work on. I own quite a range of media including oil-based … Continue reading

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2020 12 07 Image of the week

I’ve long enjoyed the work of Sherrie York and her skill at creating complex reduction linoprints. About this piece she writes: The title of this piece was known long before I even drew it up on the lino… in fact … Continue reading

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A gift of solar plates

Last weekend a friend gave me 2 etched solar plates. The designs are from her own photographs, collaged and transferred to acetate and then to the print plates. She asked if I could print the images for her to use … Continue reading

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2020 11 30 Image of the week

The image above is scanned from a postcard of the original artwork – which I haven’t seen. I purchased the card at a small gallery on the NSW south coast where numerous pieces were on show by a group of … Continue reading

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Working in only 2 colours

I recently taught a colour & composition workshop where we concentrated on the wonderful world of colour choices; tones, tints, likes, dislikes and colour matching. Trying to introduce the participants to a new way of considering abstraction in their work … Continue reading

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Celebrating 20 years of art and culture

I am delighted to have been invited to take part in the current Hazelhurst Gallery & Arts Centre exhibition. To celebrate 20 years of Hazelhurst more than 350 artists from southern Sydney were invited to take part in a massive … Continue reading

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2020 11 25 Image of the week

Winner of the Handprinted Collective September 2020 theme Monochrome Resources:http://www.bertandroxy.com/collections/block-prints/products/tempura-udon-for-lunch-block-print-limited-edition

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2020 11 02 Image of the week

I recently stumbled across this collagraph artist (and painter) and immediately fell in love with her work. The one above struck a particular note as I’m currently exploring the print merits of Lamb’s Tongue weeds. Resources:http://www.juusola.co.uk/prints

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Finally back to teaching

After a very long time in full- and semi-lockdown I am delighted to have been engaged to teach a weekend workshop at Hazelhurst Gallery & Arts Centre. Entitled ‘Book Making for Artists‘ this 2 day weekend event will introduce participants … Continue reading

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