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.

2020 10 27 Image of the week

I’m a big fan of Angie Lewin and have a copy of one of her books which I use as inspiration towards some of my own work. The image above comes from her exhibition entitled Nature Assembled recently shown at … Continue reading

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Linocut print: Lamb’s Tongue weed

After a couple of trial runs and a bit more carving I completed a very successful print. Good outcome with solid ink coverage and I’m pleased that my instinct led me to translate some aspects of the design differently than … Continue reading

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Linocut: Lamb’s Tongue weed

This year, whilst in covid lockdown, I’ve spent a lot of time walking in bushland both observing and collecting flora, mainly weeds. A few weeks ago I started photographing Lamb’s Tongue weeds (Plantago lanceolata). They have a robust cylindrical shaped … Continue reading

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2020 10 21 Image of the week

I first discovered the prints of Andrew Sharman via my subscription to the British printmaking magazine pressing matters. I was immediately struck by how he takes landscape imagery and re-imagines it into a simplified (or stylized) design that still encompasses … Continue reading

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2020 10 13 Image of the week

This image recently appeared in an online group I’m part of and I was immediately struck by the amazing effect achieved in the colour application on this linocut. My experience with lino printing has always been to roll the relief … Continue reading

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More gelli printing

This week I was introduced to another way of gelli printing, one where texture can be created whilst still being able to produce quite exacting patterns. In September I blogged about a similar, but slightly different method, and gave the … Continue reading

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2020 09 30 Image of the week

Sybil Andrews, The Gale, 1930, Linocut, 21 x 24.6cm Resources: Cutting Edge Modernist British Printmaking, Published by Philip Wilson Publishers, 50 Bedford Square, London, 2019, P55, ISBN: 978-1-78130-078-7

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2020 09 24 Image of the week

Zilvinas Kropas (Lumen print) Resources: Image taken from an amazing article featuring Zilvinas Kropas, Aušra Kropiene & Meta Kropaite about photography of the 21st century. https://bit.ly/3kIlM99

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New gelli plate printing

Over the last 12 months I’ve done quite a bit of gelli plate printing using a few different methods; random rolling of paints, applying stencils, mark making with objects and the like.  All have been done with either one or … Continue reading

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Continuing drawing figures

I’ve continued working on drawing fashion figures.  Referring to my text book, I’ve produced a couple of line drawings demonstrating different poses.  Using one as a template I went on to complete a body shape. I’m in two minds about … Continue reading

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2020 09 14 Image of the week

Cyril E Power (1872-1951), The Tube Staircase, linocut printed with 3 blocks; yellow, cobalt blue, black on thin cream oriental laid paper, edition of 50, 44.4 x 25.6cm. Resources: Philip Vann, Cyril Power Linocuts: A Complete Catalogue, published by Osborne … Continue reading

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New challenges in drawing

I’ve had a project in mind for a while now but know my drawing skills aren’t up to the job so I’ve bitten the bullet, invested in some basic drawing books and picked up a pencil. I love fashion illustration … Continue reading

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2020 09 07 Image of the week

Vivian Maier (photography), New York, NY, 1954 I’ll let the viewer add their own narrative to this, but I can’t help wondering what the future held for the subjects in this photograph. Resources: http://www.vivianmaier.com/gallery/street-2/#slide-12

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Monoprinting shapes – Part 2

Building on the prints from my previous post I created a range of multi-layered monoprints, sticking to a reduced colour palette and using only lines and circles.  Threads of varying thicknesses and types were laid to achieve either resists or … Continue reading

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2020 08 26 Image of the week

Jan Mankes (Dutch, 1889-1920), Bomenrij, 1915, oil on canvas Resources: http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/jan-mankes-dutch-1889-1920-bomenrij-4303985-details.aspx http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnpieper/29740124776

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2010 08 17 Image of the week

Yon Sim, To have Missed it, 2018, emulsion-lifted photographic print with shellac-based and acrylic inks This is one of a set of images in this series, all of which are superb. It’s worth a visit to Yon Sim’s design and … Continue reading

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Monoprinting shapes – Part 1

Using a very reduced colour palette I’m currently starting a range of monoprints based on lines and shapes – in this case, circles.  I’ve had quite a long time away from my core interests of linear connections, boxes, containment and … Continue reading

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2020 08 03 Image of the week

Sumptuous cakes designed by Moscow based artist Tortik Annuchka. Resources, more information and other cakes to drool over: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2020/07/tortik-annushka-cakes/?mc_cid=f3871369a7&mc_eid=75316273f4 http://www.tortik-annuchka.com/ http://www.instagram.com/tortikannuchka/

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2020 07 27 Image of the week

Frank Hinder, Tram kaleidoscope, 1948, tempera on hardboard This is a painting I regularly visit at the Art Gallery of NSW.  The statement alongside says (in part): Frank Hinder’s ‘Tram kaleidoscope’ captures the essence of Sydney modernism.  It synthesises elements … Continue reading

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2020 07 21 Image of the week

Having just emerged from under an avalanche of administrative tasks I’m back on track with my creative life and just about ready to start a new work of my own. This video, although more than an ‘image of the week’, … Continue reading

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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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