Category Archives: Printmaking 1

Introduction to printmaking

Print 1. Project 11: Making a test collage block

The initial step for this project asks us to create a 16 section collage block using a variety of items with different surfaces, shapes and textures. BLOCK 1: This  is on a base of 4mm PVC foamex board.  Some of … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 11: Research. Brenda Hartill

A couple of weeks ago in anticipation of starting the collagraph section of my course I opened the recommended textbook (for this section) for the first time.  I haven’t put it down since.  I was immediately struck by the organic … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 11: Research. Jet James (Part 2)

Having been born to drug-addled parents living a life of instability and unpredictability, due to a set of extreme circumstances  Jet James found himself an orphan at 8 years old. He was taken from Perth (Australia) to live in some … Continue reading

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Experimental Collagraphs Workshop

Jet James workshop and research A couple of weeks ago I attended an experimental collagraph workshop with Queensland artist Jet James.  My first impression of him was how seemingly shy and unassuming he is.  A quiet, organised, unhurried man, working … Continue reading

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Print 1. Assignment 3: Reading material

During this assignment I referred to a lot of artist work on-line, my own notes from recent courses and exhibitions I have attended and the following books: This is a superb book and give instruction in detail.  Although the focus … Continue reading

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Print 1: Recent sketchbook work (during assignment 3)

Using the design from project 8 as my start point continued to develop the concept.   I ‘drew’ the outlined shape with a glue gun on to paper.  Hand-dyed fabric was inserted in some areas and metallic wax was applied … Continue reading

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Print 1. Assignment 3: On-line submission

Developing relief prints Task 1 (Project 8) Select two prints of a reduction method linoprint Brief critical statement Both pieces are on Arches 88 and relate back to my post of 7/5/2015. It’s a complex design with many narrow lines … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 10: Review

Experimental print trials. Working on other bases than lino was very revealing and threw up some interesting future possibilities. I particularly liked the floor vinyl which was easy to cut and because it was textured it created some wonderful random … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 10: Completing the print

Reduction printing using a variety of tools + dab printing After my last post I made a few small adjustments to the placement and choice of  components for this design and ended up with – It has a more balanced … Continue reading

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Prints and card making

I’ve been involved with a couple of people in making a selection of cards for an upcoming exhibition. Printed & Stitched cards: I took my lino cut from project 5 as the base for one set.  I rust dyed a … Continue reading

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Multifocus Properties: Playing with graphic design

In our family business I’m responsible for advertising, graphic design, company logos and branding, marketing, e-book design and that type of thing (amongst many other tasks!).  I thoroughly enjoy working in Photoshop and coming up with ideas to promote our … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 10: To panic or not?

According to my own work schedule I’m vastly overdue with this assignment and I’m getting a little panicky as this will have a knock-on effect as I continue to the next part of the course. So I have a couple … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 10: Research point

Exploring experimental contemporary printmakers. Peter Green OBE (1933-) I came across Peter Green on the internet quite by accident and felt compelled to investigate further.  My attraction comes from several sources His visualisation is so unrelated to anything I can … Continue reading

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Exhibition – Works on Paper

The 2015 Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award attracted over 1500 entries by more than 750 artists and exhibits appear throughout the centre, in both the Regional and Community Gallery.  Works encompass a diverse range of paper media and industry techniques, … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 10: Experimental print trials

Some terrific print results from the experimental blocks I cut yesterday.  All prints are on 110gsm cartridge paper and are printed using chrome yellow hue (oil paint not ink) plus black ink +40% extender. Floor vinyl This photo shows the … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 10: Getting started

In the preparatory part of this project I’m looking at mark-making on surfaces other than regular silk-cut lino which I’ve been using to date.  I’m keen to see what effects I can get using both my normal lino cutting tools … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 9: Review

Firstly consider the marks you have been able to make.  Does a theme spring to mind when you see them?  They might remind you of the textures in a landscape or the effect of light on water.  Can you see … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 9: Designing using experimental marks

This project doesn’t actually ask us to create a design using some of the experimental tools we’ve been using on lino, however it does ask us to speculate in what circumstances these random marks might be useful.  I decided to … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 9: Further experimental marks

My husband pointed out to me that the marks/indentations I got from these eyelet spreaders weren’t great because I was working on a table instead of on a more solid base.  As the punches hit the lino the table absorbed … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 9: Printing the experimental marks

I’m quite fond of Sepia, the warmth and depth of the colour attracts me.  So this project has initially been printed using this. The above image is purely to show which tools were used for each cut section so I … Continue reading

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Playing with photoshop

Although this isn’t part of my OCA course I find Photoshop a useful program when designing.  I’m gradually increasing my knowledge in relation to the various tools available in CS6. Here’s a small selection of the options.  Obviously when selecting … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 9: Mark-making

Experimental mark-making on lino. In this project I’m experimenting with unusual items to create cuts, scratches and texture on lino.  Hopefully some of these marks will result in more random outcomes than the linework formed using the regular cutters. Left: … Continue reading

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Print 1. Experimentation – Further natural dyeing trials

A month ago I achieved some extremely good natural dyeing results on paper.  I confess that I like the paper outcomes more than fabric.  Perhaps it’s just that my focus is very paper based currently, or maybe it is that … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 8: Review

Reduction lino cutting Due to some severe demands on my time over the last couple of months I’ve taken far too long on this section.  I had hopes of producing 2 entirely different sets of prints from 2 very different … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 8: Research point

How interesting that before coming to this part of the course I have already reviewed the two artists we are required to explore now. Clare Curtis I explored as part of my tutor feedback for Assignment 2 and Mark Hearld … Continue reading

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Print 1. Further embossing experimentation

At the end of my last print run I was left with some excess inks and, always keen to use them up, I continued with some embossing which I enjoyed doing back in February.  I have a few Cedar Canyon … Continue reading

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Print 1. Assignment 2: Tutor feedback response – Angie Lewin & Clare Curtis

The points made by my tutor I wish to draw on for this response relate to her guidance regarding other printmakers I may find of interest. Whilst I feel that I’ve floundered around a lot during the first half of … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 8: Final design

Note: The prints below have an even colour throughout but due to the dull day and light source available they look a little lighter on the right hand side.  Please take the actual colour to be more consistent with the … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 8: Rolling and registering

I’ve got the preparation and rolling of the oil based inks and mediums fairly under control now.  The keep it thin motto from Tony is constantly in my mind and his advise has served me well. I’m now preparing my … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 8: Progress

Unfortunately I’m swamped with life outside my OCA course until mid next week and have not got quite as far as I’d hoped with my printing.  However, some progress has been made and new questions and thoughts have arisen from … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 8: Cutting the lino

I started by resizing my design as there is quite a bit of fine line work and if the piece is too small I won’t be able to form the detail I am aiming for, the lino will simply crumble … Continue reading

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Print 1. Experimentation: Spray printing

Spray printing over masks My friend Nola and I spent a day exploring a different type of printing by spraying dyes through masks.  This is the first of two days looking at this technique and we started by looking at … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 8: Finalising the design

Reduction lino printing: Working through design & colour placement ideas. In Assignment 4 of Exploring Ideas I discovered the wonderful designs of the 1950’s, in particular Lucienne Day and Jacqueline Groag.  I was immediately taken with their design ideas as … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 8: Choosing a design

Reduction lino printing: Design progression and sketchbook work. I’ve always loved this feature tile in our renovated bathroom.  Above on the left is the actual colour but on the right I’ve played with it in Photoshop to add more tonal … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 8: Research

Reduction lino printing – research. I currently have this book on loan and although it is fairly old, 1974, it’s full of all sorts of useful printing information.  In the relief printing section alone it covers lucite print (perspex or … Continue reading

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Print 1. Caring for print rollers

My new Japanese print rollers are wonderful, the rubber surface is smooth as silk, the ink picks up evenly and then distributes across the lino uniformly and I couldn’t be happier with their performance. However, they have one tiny glitch.  … Continue reading

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Print 1. Experimentation – Natural dyeing

A fun day on Friday dyeing cloth and paper with my friend and OCA mate, Judy.  She has already posted a review and some of her results here and her pieces are terrific. Moving away from my normal routine, where … Continue reading

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Print 1. Perspective in printing

Looking further at Edward Bawden and his works. (Along with my own photography) In project 7 I recently researched Edward Bawden and his son Richard.  Edward was known in particular for his linocuts of stations, markets and building exteriors and … Continue reading

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Print 1. Further sketchbook work within Assignment 2

Project 7 – working on the Hobbit house image. Original photo, detailed drawing and first stage of simplification. Final detailed image. Separating the colour layers with black outline ready for tracing: After printing the first layer, this idea was abandoned. … Continue reading

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Print 1. Assignment 2: Review

Reflection Never would I have thought this assignment would take me this long but I feel the progress I’ve made has been worth the weeks/months of trials. Measuring against assessment criteria: Demonstration of technical and visual skills – I spent … Continue reading

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Print 1. Assignment 2: First relief prints

This assignment is being submitted by post to my tutor.  Here are the prints I have chosen from this section: Task 1 (Project 5) Two printed test cuts + original linocut and details of cutters used: (Blog post 14/11/2014)  The … Continue reading

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Printing: Experimenting with compressed sponge

Once a month I get together with a friend, Nola, and we try out different creative techniques.  Last month we looked at printing on fabric with compressed sponge The sponge comes in sheets about 1-2mm thick.  We drew on it … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 7: Multilayer prints (part 3)

Yes, that’s right, I’ve had another go at it even though I said I was moving on.  I can’t seem to let it go until I’ve figured out how to get these prints right – and I’ve finally done it. … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 7: Review

During this project did you experience any problems or difficulties?  Can you identify ways to solve them? I think it’s fair to say that the questions above have been asked and answered in every post as I’ve worked my way … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 7: Research Point

Look at the work of Edward Bawden, and his son, contemporary printmaker Richard Bawden.  Take a close look at how they have worked with multiple blocks.  What can you learn from them? Edward Bawden (1903-1989) The first time I came … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 7: Multilayer prints (part 2)

At the end of my last post I had decided to move to using print press runners and hand alignment, abandoning the jig. At the same time, I also decided to try some lighter weight Japanese papers without dampening them. … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 7: Multilayer prints

Circles prints. I’m getting good ink coverage on my print transfers and the new inking up process is working well, as are my good quality rollers. I have a range of 3 layer prints, none of which I feel are … Continue reading

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Exhibition – Chuck Close

Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration An american artist, based in New York, Chuck Close has been painting portraits since the late 1960s, developing his printmaking skills from the early 1970s. This recent self-portrait demonstrates the colour laying technique he … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 7: A new start

A lot has happened since the preparation for this project back in January (post here) and I’ve started my design again from scratch.  I’ll go back and revisit the Hobbit house image later perhaps. I’ve reverted to one of my … Continue reading

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Monoprinting workshop

Monotype printing with Tony Ameniero Three weeks ago I attended this workshop and I’ve been gathering materials and practicing the techniques I learned since then.  The first thing to say about Tony is that he is a marvellous tutor: calm, … Continue reading

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