Category Archives: Print 1: Experimentation

Print 1. Project 15: Printing and thinking.

I’ve been working on my beach scapes after my day at Cronulla.  Whilst the photos aren’t bad, and I’ve picked up some interesting small features, my drawings reflect exactly what I’ve seen and I’m not terribly inspired by them.  Whilst … Continue reading

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Experimenting with texture

After my printing disaster yesterday I had some ink left to use.  Over the past few months I’ve read quite a bit about the use of carborundum on print plates.  Carborundum is a very fine powder made from silicon carbide, … Continue reading

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Print 1. Projext 13: Monoprinting experimentation

I’ve been experimenting with media other than my usual oil based inks for the monoprint base to go with my linocut carousel horses. All samples are on cartridge paper. Caran D’Ache water-soluble colour crayons.  I first rubbed them dry across … Continue reading

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Essence of Place workshop

Painting, drawing and block-printing with Gary Shinfield This workshop, which I attended over two days last weekend, had two parts to it.  The first day we worked on designs, drawing and painting very randomly until we had built a small … Continue reading

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Mark-making with paints and tools

I had a bit of fun on Saturday with my friend, Judy – also an OCA student.  We set up her garage with huge sheets of paper and determined to be free and flowing in our mark-making, using whatever bits … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 12: Exploring colour choices

Having made the print plate I’m in a bit of a quandary about how to print it.  Monochrome seems pretty boring but could also be effective if I can work the tones well.  If I want to try this I … Continue reading

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Experimentation: Making a print sample book

Part 1: My friend Nola and I get together every month for a day of playing with colour and transferring imagery and/or abstract colour patterns to cloth and paper.  We’ve done a bit of stamping, made glue resists, collage blocks, … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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. 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. 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. 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. 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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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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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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Print 1. Comparing paper

A few days ago I boiled up my pots and did some natural dyeing, always a fun experience.  The examples here are comparisons between some paper I dyed a while ago in a pot with eucalyptus leaves/bark/twigs + iron sulphate … Continue reading

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Print 1. Embossing experimentation

After re-printing my images from project 5 I had quite a bit of ink left on the roller and the print prep area.  Using offcuts from the various papers I’ve been printing on I ran some smaller pieces through an … Continue reading

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Indigo dyeing

Last week I got together with my friend Judy, another OCA student, for a day of indigo dyeing.  Both of us have had a tiny go at this before but always within a class structure where the vat has been … Continue reading

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Backdrawn contertina booklet

Continuing on with my stitched backdrawn samples from September, post here, I’ve now had a chance to finish them all and make a sample booklet with the ones I didn’t swap. During this printing course I’ve accumulated lots of small … Continue reading

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Not quite printing

I’ve really enjoyed the back-drawing in particular during the latter parts of my course assignment.  This brought to mind the idea of brass rubbing.  I took my oil pastel dye sticks and some calico and tried some rubbings.  The first … Continue reading

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Getting back to printing

I’ve been away for a couple of weeks and so have had an extended break from printing.  To get me back in the swing again I took my student print press to the ATASDA South group meeting on Saturday and … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 3: Backdrawing experimentation

I liked the idea of this print so I printed a whole lot of small images on calico. I find this backdrawing method is extremely effective on fabric and I’ve managed to get a good transfer of ink with some … Continue reading

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Workshop: Creative Textile Printing

Creative Textile Printing with Helen Richards 17/08/2014 This was a fascinating workshop and, whilst not exactly the type of printing I’m covering in my OCA course, enthused me and has widened my printing skill range.  As a textiles person I’m … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 3: Experimentation

Playing with the images. I have to confess to getting quite frustrated with the printing results so far.  So, to lighten my mood, I had a mess about for my own enjoyment instead of trying for the outcomes required by … Continue reading

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Print 1. Inspired by Bruno Leti

A day at AGNSW (Art Gallery of NSW), part of which was spent in the research library, resulted in discovering Bruno Leti, a painter, printmaker, photographer and book artist. Born in Italy in 1941, he came to Australia when he … Continue reading

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Journal-making Workshop

Last weekend I attended a 2 day journal making workshop with the intention of learning how to combine a variety of papers into stitched books.  I’m hoping this will be something I can incorporate in my current OCA course using … Continue reading

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Paper dyeing – Transferring an image

Natural dyeing experimentation. My head is moving in the direction of printing, as that is what I’ll be doing for the next year or so in my coursework.  Whilst dyeing isn’t strictly printing, it is still a method of transferring … Continue reading

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