Friday, 14 November 2014


I have to admit I am finding my print a month challenge stimulating.
It is making me draw
and my sketch books are filling up with
ideas, some of which
will be made into prints, others may languish on these pages.
I try to make my collagraphs look almost the
same as my drawings.
But of course in the flesh collagraphs have a lots more texture.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014


I have just returned from a weekend in lovely Leicester teaching
the collagraph technique of Silk Aqua Tint at the Leicester Print Workshop. 
Everyone worked really hard and produced rich atmospheric images.
Silk aqua tint is in my opinion the most sophisticated way to use collagraph. 
The images produced look like tradition mezzo tint or etched aqua tint, but no nasty chemicals are used to achieve these results.
Using mount board as your substrate apply a layer of chiffon to the card.
Thin layers of acrylic or glue are applied to develop a varied tonal range. 
Ink the plates in exactly the same way you would an etching or any other collagraph plate.
Then using viscosity rolls, 
depth and several layers of colour can be printed in one pass through the press.
The LPW is excellently organised and I was shown great hospitality by Sarah Kirby, 
I am looking forward to the next workshop I will be running there next Spring.
 I will also be planning a Silk Aqua Tint workshop at The Yard, ARTspace Autumn 2015.

Sunday, 2 November 2014


The 1st November saw the start of my Creative November workshops at Hampen Factory.
The weather was gorgeous and I had a wonderfully creative group keen to learn about mono printing using the viscosity inking method.
All these images were made on a plastic surface
using different layers of ink.
Then put through the press once to
create these complex images. 
                                      After a brief lunch break everyone worked into
the initial mono prints with inked card
creating strong graphic elements.
There are 2 more Creative November workshops with places available,
its not too late to book, contact me for details.  

Tuesday, 28 October 2014


A flock of my corvids have
made there spooky way into
the window of
Moss Prints in Cheltenham.
Pop along to Suffolk Parade for a closer look.

Monday, 27 October 2014


At this time of year, nature does it all.
Berries and leaves at Westonbirt Arboretum.


Friday, 24 October 2014


I have been teaching printmaking classes at Hampen Factory for nearly 10 years now.
Set in the middle of the Cotswold countryside just outside Cheltenham, enthusiastic artists have enjoyed the tranquil location and learnt a wide range of collagraph and creative techniques.
I have run a 10 week collagraph course on a Wednesday since the opening of the studio and it is the oasis in my week.
The course has attracted really talented and committed printmakers.
Week after week they have put up with my lame jokes and taken on board some quite challenging techniques.
This term we are exploring tile cement and carborundom plate making
and experimenting with the inking process of blended rubs.
Everyone has made the most glorious prints.
I have just popped up a few examples,
but could quite easily
have shown one from everybody.
So apologies to those I have not put up.
It's half term now and I am beginning to take names for next terms 10 week printmaking course. But there is going to be a difference. After so many happy and creative years at Hampen I am moving my courses and workshops to a new venue in Cheltenham. Wednesday will remain my oasis day for teaching printmaking, it is just the space that will change.
So for new course and workshop dates check out my workshop page, and keep an eye on my facebook page details.