Friday, 19 February 2010


I have spent the last few months experimenting with screen printing. The last time I worked with this process must be 25 years ago, it has changed beyond recognition from a toxic
messy business to an immediate, fresh, water based system. After experimenting with the
mark making possibilities I have been exploring colours based on 1950's fabrics.


I have just finish this collagraph to add to the stock I show the galleries that take my work
I really like doing chicken images, they are birds with great character though I understand not a great deal of brain. With that look they give I find that hard to believe.

Monday, 15 February 2010


From time to time I am left with a pile of not quite finished pieces as seen in earlier posts, it then comes upon me to tackle these unresolved issues, rather than give up on them.
There are numerous techniques to use when printing a collagraph, so rather than bin the chunky bird plates I used inked rubs which brings out the texture and creates blushes of colour.
I have spent some time focusing on my enamel experiments too. Applying screen printed transfers work really well.
Adding elements to etched and enamelled plates. Can you spot the Nonconformist? All you moth buffs out there will get the reference!
Transfers on their own are fine, but add a stenciled image and a bit of a rhyme and it all gets more serious!!

Friday, 12 February 2010


February is flying by so quickly and I am filling most of it up with the preparation of my solo exhibition which starts 7th March at The Museum in the Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire.
For those of you local to Stroud I will be at the Museum between 2-4pm on Sunday 7th March demonstrating how I make my work. The Museum has also organised collagraph workshops for me to do, details of which will be on their web sight, Come and try your hand at collagraph printing.

Monday, 1 February 2010


I have put up a print draw in my shed to clear the window ledge. What can we tell about a person by looking at the things they collect or the gifts from friends?
I only have a few gaps left, so I will have to find another tray and find more wall space, I can't see myself changing a habit of a life time.


Help, I can't stop playing, although I have had a bit of a set back. I was re-etching a copper plate,
thought I would really deeply bite it and left it over night in the ferric. I have managed to completely dissolve two plates, the cow parsley ones from an earlier post!!!
Hey ho, live and learn.

The back of all these plates are counter enamelled in white so that I can draw and

write on the back.