Friday, 21 October 2016


Half term is now upon us and we are half way through the 10 week printmaking course at the yard:ARTspace.
My 3 classes, morning, afternoon and evening have been exploring 
collagraph plate making using glue and carborundum to create 
textures and tones. 
These small experimental plates were printed last week,  
Just a couple of blended colours and chine collee. 
But this week things got serious with the application of  
viscocity inking. 
You can see the difference this inking technique makes to a plate, plain intaglio inking with chine collee on the right, viscocity inking on the left, using the same plate. 
And off they went, feverishly inking all the plates they had  
made so far 
Plates and prints together here. 
Viscosity involves first rolling a runny ink over an inked plate, then a sticky ink.  
Simple?, Well yes once you get the hang of it.
Vibrant colour is created with just one inking. 
The rest of the course will involve everyone getting their heads around making 
plates that will give them the effect they want from this glorious inking technique.
I can't wait.

If you would like to join the 2017 Spring term, 10 week printmaking course at the yard:ARTspace, Cheltenham go to for booking details.

Sunday, 16 October 2016


I had a weekend off from teaching at the yard:ARTspace, but the Work Room was taken over by the 
talented artist, book maker Lesley Crawley.
Lesley had generously agreed to run a handmade book binding workshop and
in her dexterous, capable hands everyone learnt various stitch methods of binding.
Providing everyone with a notebook, so no excuses for not writing down instructions, Lesley
guided everyone gently through the 
art of decorative stitch binding.
Lots of new vocabulary was learnt along the way, awl, I kept popping in and out because the atmosphere was full of energy and banter, just how I like a workshop.
Everyone made something gorgeous to take home,
Lesley has promised to make a return trip from darkest Wales to run another workshop in 2017, in fact I have emailed her some dates...I can't wait to have her generous spirit and sense of humour back here!

Monday, 3 October 2016

MORE GOINGS ON AT the yard:ARTspace

So I have had a quiet week really here at the yard:ARTspace.
But at the weekend I was delighted to have a group making and printing collagraphs made with carborundum.
Saturday was frenetic, I asked them to make several small plates, dry and seal them so we could print before lunch.
And look at them go, this is just a small example of what was produced.
In the afternoon I 'made' them double the size of their plate making.
Allowing for over night drying, Sunday morning found us
using chine collee adding
colour to the work.
Once chine collee
had been mastered it was
onto viscosity inking.
This process was the cause of several oohs and ahhs.
I have to admit looking back at the weekend I did pack lots of content in, I suggest a high protein diet and an early night before my weekend workshops. But I was delighted with everyone's energetic, spontaneous images and how quickly everyone got the hang of inking. Thank you for a lovely weekend.

Sunday, 25 September 2016


So this is a round up of the last 3 weeks and looking at it like this makes me think, phew, how do I fit it all in.
At last the lovely Mr Brown and I got a holiday, a beautiful week in gorgeous Dorset.
Lucky with the weather, we even had a dip in the sea, yes, I am saving you from a view of me in my costume. What it meant was that I had some down time to fiddle...and I love to fiddle.
Then back to the shed. Here is a sneaky peak of a lamp shade I am making for the Museum in the Park, Stroud, for their Night in the Museum event at the end of October.
Enthusiastically supported by Frank of course. 
I was also able to convert a holiday drawing into
a collagraph plate which I intend to print this week,
Term at the yard:ARTspace started the week beginning the 19 September.
The Space In-between is festooned with fowl collagraphs. A chance to see my early work.
These sunflowers were a cheery welcome for the start of the 10 week collagraph course. I have folk signing up for next January already.
Wednesday was full on with the morning, afternoon and evening class happening.
They were made to work hard with making, inking and 
printing with chine collee a dry point plate, a little activity just to get them warmed up!!
But everyone rose to the challenge
and lovely prints were
produced by everyone!
Then just to top my busy week off nicely I spent Saturday delivering a mono print workshop for Twenty Twenty Gallery  in Much Wenlock.
A fabulous time was had by all. Lunch was delicious, thank you Claire.
And after some foraging on the way back from lunch, natural material was added to the complex mono prints
made in the morning.
Everyone took home lots of work and ideas. The next Viscosity Mono print workshop is at the yard:ARTspace in December.

So that is me in a month and to be honest I haven't mentioned the paper work, gallery visits, re editioning collagraphs and the family stuff. I know I am not alone hurtling through life, but I am lucky to be doing something I love.