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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.

Completed: Monoprinted concertina book

Claire Brach, In Isolation, 2020, free-standing articulated concertina book, commercial & handmade paper, mixed media drawing & painting, monoprinting

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2020 07 02 Image of the week

Kevin Foley, Dog Tired As a printmaker of longstanding Kevin Foley finds inspiration in what he sees around him on his small farm and surrounding district in central Victoria. His ‘model’ for this image is his border collie, Scout, who, … Continue reading

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Part 3: Monoprinted vignettes

Finally every page printed.  32 different plants printed in isolation, each showcased in their own right.  Here is a selection. I also printed some of my book pages without the background.  The plants are so lovely on their own I … Continue reading

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2020 06 23 Image of the week

Sebastian Wasek, Storsandnes Beach in Moon Light, photo uploaded to pixels.com 3/2/2019 Being a person who finds blue a difficult colour to work with, this picture is a beautiful study of blue tones.  Stunning photography and I can feel the … Continue reading

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Part 2: Monoprinted vignettes

In part 1 I showed the waste prints from this project and explained the process of transferring plant material, mainly leaves, to paper. Each page was initially prepared by printing a textural backdrop representing the concept of different terrain.  Jack … Continue reading

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2020 06 16 Image of the week

Ethel Spowers, Wet Afternoon, 1929/1930, linocut, printed from four blocks on thin ivory laid tissue, 23.9 x 20.2 cm image (irreg.) I’m a huge fan of Ethel Spowers.  I can learn a lot from her multi-block linocuts. Resources: http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/DA33.1968/ http://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/ethel-spowers-1890-1947-120-c-ee197b40fe#

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Part 1: Monoprinted vignettes

When looking back over my recent online mixed media course I was struck again at how much I had enjoyed creating temporary vignettes from plant material. So over recent weeks I’ve been diligently collecting, pressing and drying plant material with … Continue reading

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2020 06 08 Image of the week

Lyndal Campbell, Glampervan, 60 x 90cm, oil on oil painting paper I couldn’t go past this riot of colour and energy.  This would look terrific on my workroom wall, which is where I spend most of my day.  Every time … Continue reading

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Exploring Mixed Media: 7

Working with nature: Plant Drying In anticipation of creating some nature monoprints I’ve continued to collect fallen flora.  Each leaf has been carefully laid out and pressed between paper, in single layers, using my Albion press and book blocks. These … Continue reading

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2020 05 25 Image of the week

Parlous Land by Elizabeth Magill is a series of 10 lithographs (editions of 45) and I’ve chosen this very atmospheric image as my feature this week. Elizabeth Magill, Deer Park Clearing, 2006, lithograph, 61 x 84cm Resources: http://www.paragonpress.co.uk/works/parlous-land/ – see … Continue reading

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Exploring Mixed Media: 6

Masks, Stencils & Monoprinting . . . with a bit of painting and drawing. A fairly good result.  Perhaps a little less colour in the upper background would have been better.  The buds have more orange and colour variation that … Continue reading

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2020 05 18 Image of the week

I’ve chosen a video by Erik van Ommen as my pick this week.  I couldn’t go past this artist, both his prints and his paintings. Check him out on both his website and youtube to learn how his artworks are … Continue reading

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2020 05 11 Image of the week

Debra Luccio, Reach, 2019, monotype on Velin Arches paper, 59 x 42.5cm (The Australian Ballet’s Marcus Morelli rehearsing Tim Harbour’s Filigree and Shadow) Turning to the back page of a magazine last week I came across this stunning print by … Continue reading

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Exploring Mixed Media: 5

Continuing with the Gelli printing & stencilling, I used my original source photos as a start point and reproduced some of the images then cut stencils & masks, plus addition pieces to widen my selection. These thin acetate stencils are … Continue reading

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2020 05 04 Image of the week

Neil Burnell photography, CRAWL Well worth clicking on the resources below to find out more about this amazing photographer and see other pieces of his work.  Outstanding atmospheric photographs. Resources: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2020/04/neil-burnell-mystical-photographs/?mc_cid=c0de502171&mc_eid=75316273f4 http://www.neilburnell.com/gallery#/mysticalone/

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Exploring Mixed Media: 4

Gelli Plate printing These first samples have been about re-familiarising myself with the Gelli plate, getting good coverage and colour combinations.  All produced with various brands of acrylic paints. Creating patterns within the painted layers. Stencilling: Experiments with different media. … Continue reading

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2020 04 30 Image of the week

Werner Dieterich photography, Stuttgart Vineyards Probably my favourite colour scheme.  A landscape but also a brilliant linear composition which is (as anyone who knows me will attest to) what always captivates my eye. Resources: http://www.photos.com/featured/coloured-vineyards-in-stuttgart-germany-werner-dieterich.html

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Another take on natural dyeing

Over the years I’ve done a range of techniques to apply both natural colour (i.e. colour extracted from nature: leaves, bark, berries, plant stems) and natural patterns (i.e. leaf imprints, petals, fronds, pine needles, etc.) to both cloth and paper. … Continue reading

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Exploring Mixed Media: 3

Anyone following this thread will note that I’ve changed the title from ‘Working with nature’ (which were parts 1 & 2) to the overall course title.  I feel happier not being so constrained by the narrow reference to nature. It’s … Continue reading

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2020 04 24 Image of the week

James Joseph Lloyd, monotype Jim Lloyd grew up in Devon and spent much of his time walking and camping on Dartmoor.  This image, and others on his site, have been created with reference to photographs from other people melded with … Continue reading

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Working with nature: 2

Identifying  colour palettes from photos This is something I’ve done many times before but this time I’m exploring computer programs that automatically extract colours from photos. In the past I’ve always painted  swatches or wrapped threads to indicate colours. Having … Continue reading

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2020 04 14 Image of the week

Melody Knight Leary, “Inheritance?”, solarplate, Akua inks on Arches 88, 2018 Resource: http://www.mknightleary.blogspot.com/

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Working with nature: 1

This week I joined an online class exploring different ways of working with nature in an art practice. Initially we were encouraged to explore our environment and collect flora that attracted us.  Obviously, in parks and and on bush trails … Continue reading

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Counterchange

With the restrictions of being at home pretty much full time I joined a small on-line challenge this week.  Entitled Notan/Counterchange, it was described as follows: Notan is a Japanese design concept involving the play and placement of light and … Continue reading

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Articulated concertina: More complexity

In January I posted the results of my exploration into creating a double articulated concertina book.  I made two samples; one with basic stitching and the other with an attractive beaded join. Ever since completing the these I’ve been irritated … Continue reading

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2020 04 06 Image of the week

Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack, Desolation, Internment camp, Orange, NSW, 1941, woodcut, printed in black ink on thin ivory wove paper. Resources: http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/DA9.1970/

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2020 03 30 Image of the week

I’ve been a fan of Suzie MacKenzie and her collagraphs for a while and recently bought her book Making Collagraph Prints as it’s a print style I personally lean towards in my own work (when I’m not distracted trying out … Continue reading

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Finished and framed etching

At the beginning of February I posted my hand-drawn Banksia serrata and my journey to transform it into an etched print.  Today I share with you the finished piece, framed.

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Part 2: Two colour etching

Back at the end of January I wrote about a 2 day workshop I did with Basil Hall.  Click here to read that so you get the idea of what I was trying to achieve. Essentially I didn’t go with … Continue reading

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2020 03 23 Image of the week

I have a love/hate relationship with collage.  However, I’m delighted to have come across Derek Gores and his masterful assemblages. Collage portrait of Salma and Frida Resources: http://www.upcyclist.co.uk/2018/03/collage-art-recycled-paper/ http://www.derekgores.com/collage/ – some other fabulous pieces of work here.

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2020 03 16 Image of the week

Wayne Viney, Lake Charm Amber Sky, 2018, monoprint Wayne Viney is currently exhibiting: The Lake and the Sea until 22nd March, 2020 Australian Galleries 28 Derby St, Collingwood 3066

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Monoprinting nature

My previous nature monoprinting had me using inks that complemented the plant material I was using as my imagery; yellow ochre, green and light sepia.  I wondered how they would look in colours that don’t so readily reflect nature. The … Continue reading

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Self portrait

And now for something completely different. Having been playing with water colour effects on paper recently I considered how they could be combined with my more usual oil-based printing techniques.  My goal was to produce a printed image on paper … Continue reading

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2020 03 10 Image of the week

Whilst at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra recently I came across 4 wonderful etchings by Jessie Traill, part of their permanent collection. Jessie Traill, Evening, Emerald, 1911, drypoint and foul biting, printed in black with plate-tone and wiped … Continue reading

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2020 03 02 Image of the week

Watercolour by Australian artist Ian McKenzie.

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Challenge 30 – Day 17

A long gap since my last sketch of Jack but this one hasn’t come out too badly. Despite not having drawn him for around 6 weeks I’m pleased that I’ve retained some of the improvement I made by concentrating on … Continue reading

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Printing: new concepts

Intaglio lino print on 100gsm handmade recycled mountboard & orange skin paper Me, today, struggling to come to grips with a new printing idea.  Nothing like spending time with the textbooks.  No matter what you think you know there’s always … Continue reading

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Monoprinting with nature

The (communal) print studio is currently concentrating on monoprinting and whilst there is some latitude to deviate from this it can become a problem with multiple people wanting the presses set at different pressures.  So with that in mind I … Continue reading

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2020 02 24 Image of the week

David Frazer, Woe II, etching, 2002, 52.5 x 40cm What can I say?  What a masterpiece.  Wouldn’t mind that on my wall. Resource: http://www.dfrazer.com

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Printing with water-colour

I’ve spent a week playing with water-colour paints, exploring how they can be transferred to print paper outside of the normal landscape or still-life painting arena.  In the past I’ve gone down the traditional route of water-colour painting and haven’t … Continue reading

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2020 02 20 Image of the week

Maggi Hambling, Rosie, ink on paper, 1963, 48.3 x 34.9cm Resource: http://www.maggihambling.com/work

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Etched lino: Two colour print

In late December I recorded my initial etched lino process and single colour prints from two of the lino plates. On my return to the studio a couple of weeks ago I intaglio inked one of the lino pieces in … Continue reading

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Playing with my photo booth

Having taken some advice from a gentleman by the name of Patrick, a member of a photography group, I finally ordered and received a photo booth.  I can’t promise that all pictures will be perfect from here on, but I … Continue reading

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2020 02 10 Image of the week

Mikael Kihlman, Church on the Hill, 2010, drypoint, 13/30 I am delighted to have just purchased this print and hope to obtain another from the same series.

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Part 2: Etching with Basil Hall

In Part 1 of my recent course with Basil Hall I worked on 2 colour etching plates.  That 2 day workshop encouraged a small number of us to visit Basil in his studio for a further 2 days of printmaking.  … Continue reading

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2020 02 03 Image of the week

Jörg Schmeisser (1942 – 2012), Diary and ginkgo leaf, 1997 etching, aquatint printed in three colours from three plates on ivory wove paper Resources: http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/344.2012/

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Playing with paints

In anticipation of a couple of book-binding courses I’ll be teaching in a few months time I’m exploring ways of applying different paints to paper without too much mess and water.  Last time I taught at this venue I asked … Continue reading

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Part 1: Two colour etching workshop

With Basil Hall This 2 day workshop was an eye-opener for sure.  The aim was to produce 2 etched plates, with a variety of tones, to layer together to create a coloured print. No ideas for designs were suggested beforehand … Continue reading

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Pineapple paper

A friend gave me some semi-prepared pineapple fibre to make into paper.  The fronds of the pineapple plant had been stripped and dried before being shaped into a hank. I pulled it apart, chopped it into short lengths and boiled … Continue reading

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Challenge 30 – Day 16

Short of time today but at least I’ve got the outline down.  The head is definitely a better shape than the previous drawing.

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