Friday, 27 November 2009


What to do with all those samples and prints that have not quite done what you want at the
end of the term? Well I suggested to my printmaking group...fold it up into an attractive
pamphlet. It turns an unloved piece into a thing of beauty. All these booklets are made from
a single piece of paper. Each page throws up a surprise as the print is looked at in a completely
different way. As the collagraphs are printed on 300gm Somerset the booklets take on a board like quality. A very nice way to end our term.
And here is my latest enamelling experiment, mucking about on an etched piece of copper.
So much to little time!!


You can't teach old dogs new tricks? Well never too old to learn!! Just when I thought I was settled into a way of working two new techniques come my way, a bit like waiting for a bus really.

First, screen printing. It has changed beyond recognition from when I was first a student, it was smelly toxic and a pain to clear up. Now it is quick and washable with wonderful results.

I have screen printed blue and then print a collagraph plate over the top. It has allowed me to add text simply and the lovely soft splashy marks.

I can also achieve that lovely blue sheen that these birds have.

The biggest revelation for me this week has been enamelling. These are a couple of experimental examples on copper. The cross overs with etching and screen printing are interesting.

I can not explain how it feels to be trying something really new. Thrilled only just covers it!!

Tuesday, 17 November 2009


From drawing to collagraph, I always enjoy the development of an image. I am very relieved
that this plate printed so reliably. I have had a few very public failures recently.
I am still working on the plate, adding glue to lighten the areas around the brush and putting
more highlights on the bird and moths. I now feel confident about making a start on the second
drawing. I am always surprised at what can be achieved with such simple DIY materials, PVA glue, poly filla, grey board and carborundum. The secret ingredient that binds them all together? Textured wall paper of course!

Tuesday, 10 November 2009


It is liberating to create images for different reasons. While working on the fish commission I am also working up some images in my sketch book for a series of Corvid collagraphs, just to experiment really.
I have used The Raven as a starting point, or should I say an excuse. The use of everyday objects in the work of the artist Jim Dine fascinates me, so with the two influences colliding and lots of textured wall paper I have made these two drawings. The next stage is to make the collagraph plates.