New Artist Book

Have just finished a little artist book with Lino prints based on views from my garden. Each print is over printed and some also have a printed sheet of Japanese paper.

I have kept the colours very simple, just shades of turquoise and browns to reflect the layers of colour in the garden. I have also printed a plain black set that I am still deciding what I will add to them. They will probably end up in a book as well, ready for an exhibition in February at Firestation print studio that will be all about books, should be good!


Art Books, Merry Christmas!

imageVery pleased to have been given these three beautiful art books for Christmas! Can’t wait to read them and pour over the beautiful pictures. The book by Bryan Angus is full of his stunning Lino prints from Scotland, oh to be that talented, I shall just have to keep working hard! I find his work is very inspiring and makes me want to try more detailed work.

The Van Gogh book is all about his Sunflower paintings and The Charles Rennie Mackintosh is full of beautiful watercolours from his time in France.

Great holiday down time and something to keep me thinking about the next project.

Stencil and collagraph fun

Have just come home from a wonderful 2 day workshop with Sarah Amos at the Firestation Print Studio.

It was all about making and using stencils with your collagraph plates. We started by making 4 collagraph plates on mount card or similar, I used a close up photo of holes eroded into rocks at the beach as my inspiration.

Next it was onto making lots of stencils. Some with texture others simple or complicated cut outs. You can’t have enough stencils apparently!

Day two was all about the printing and I learnt so much from Sarah, she is a terrific teacher and explains everything carefully with plenty of demonstrations, which is essential when learning new skills.

My colour palette for the first prints wasn’t all that great but I took Sarah’s advice and worked in a more earthy palette and there was a great improvement. It was also good to have her advice about layout. Altogether a great workshop and highly recommended if you ever get the chance.

I shall work over the ‘not so good’ prints and see if I can retrieve them!

You should check out Sarah’s amazing work.