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Print 1. Project 15: Design 4

Monotype printing Today I had a complete change of pace and direction.  The first three designs for this project have been carefully thought out and executed.  I decided to try a landscape without too much planning – the never-ending quest … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 15: Design 3

 Woodblock & chine collé – design for a beach bag. I’m very excited about this design.  My aim is to produce a single colour print ‘Margaret Preston’ style with a border and include chine collé instead of her hand-painted technique. … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 15: Design 2

Beach towel design: Reduction lino print. It was a beautiful day at the beach and I spotted a man stretching just before going to surf.  The sea looked way too calm to me but, hey, what do I know?  I … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 15: Design 1

Beach-wear and accessory brand: Combined lino & monoprint. Whilst at Cronulla with my camera last week I wasn’t just aware of my generalised surroundings and scenery, I was also people-watching.  One things that struck me is how popular Billabong brand … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 14: The design

Developing the design I didn’t have a subject matter in mind when I started this project so, whilst sitting in the garden, I doodled and thought.  I started with a nine square grid. It may be a large stretch of … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 13: Sketchbook & design work

Trains were my first thought.  I like the idea of a track disappearing into the distance, but the work I did here really didn’t thrill me. I then moved to trams but quickly realised the difficulty in drawing them.  Effective … Continue reading

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Still life painting class

To increase confidence and awareness of colour, drawing and painting I attended my first ever acrylic painting class, entitled ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS – Still Life Painting.  It felt about my level, and was. Don’t you hate it when you attend something … 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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Print 1. Project 12: Representational collatype collage prints

Creating a design The aim is to produce a coherent representational collagraphic image using some of the techniques learned in project 11.  I’ve spent the last 2 weeks considering my subject matter and design. My start point came from the … 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. 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 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 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. 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. 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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Print 1. Project 7: Preparation

Preparation & design choice This project involves multi-block lino printing.  I spent a little time researching images and analyzing possible methods and order of work. The weekend AFR reviewed Cookery Postcards from Penguin: One Hundred Cookbook Covers in One Box, … Continue reading

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Print 1. Assignment 1: Sketchbook work

Some sketchbook work within this period. A friend was critiquing Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, so I had a look at some of his work as well. I had a few days away in Vietnam. I liked the lacquer bowls I saw … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 2: Finding a design

Looking for a simple but effective outline design for positive and negative masked monoprints I considered the following: candles and lighters, various small birds including swallow, hummingbird and the like, sharks, flowers and eagles. Being left-handed I tend to draw … Continue reading

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