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.

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

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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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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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