Sunday, 20 July 2014


I decided that today should be edition Sunday, much more fun than paperwork Friday which will be heading towards me next week.
So with my inks and collagraph plates laid out.
My paper soaked, draining and blotted
and trying not to be distracted by the view from my studio window, off I went.
So I have now added some new Marans,
Eider Ducks,
Crows with cage,
and these 2 Ravens to my collagraph stocks.
They are all drying on my marble print hanger waiting to be finished off later in the week.
I couldn't resist this studio for a lie down.

Monday, 14 July 2014


I have had this idea in my head for sometime now. I am fascinated by small garden birds and the idea that they will take advantage of man made nest boxes.
Last year we were honoured to have a family of Great Tits nest and bring up their family in the box we have in our garden.
They have not come back this year, but there have been Gold finches flying around our street.
This has got me thinking and drawing
and will contribute to enough material to keep me going for
several prints.
So for my print this month, here are 2 offerings together with gum arabic printed labels.
Gold Finches.
Blue Tit.
Both made using polyfilla, carborundum, grey board and wood glue.
While I had the gum arabic transfer stuff out to make the labels for the collagraphs I thought I would try out something else that has been on my mind for a while. Inspired by the work of Anna Lewis and Rebecca Jewell I have been intrigued by how they transfer images onto feathers. Well I am not sure that this is the way they do it, but gum arabic seems to work really well, so thankyou to Lesley for the fabulous tropical feathers she got for me ages ago and watch this space...labels and feathers, a heady combination.

Monday, 7 July 2014


It is now the end of the summer term Printmaking for All course at Hampen Factory.
We have had beautiful Wednesday weather and
I can't quite believe how quickly the term
has whizzed by.
During the last 10 weeks I covered
Silk Aqua tint with the morning group and
Viscosity Mono printing with
the afternoon group. 
The end of term was rounded off
making sample books
from the printmaking experiments generated over the term.
For details of all my printmaking classes check out the workshop page, but the morning group is now full and there are just a couple of places in the afternoon.
Thankyou everyone who made it such a lovely summer term.