Monday, 28 September 2015


Autumn has arrived in my garden.I love this time of year,
especially when the weather is golden.
My garden is full of late flowers,
the nasturtiums are particularly glorious at the moment and edging the  doorway to the shed.
But with Autumn comes the start of term. The 10 week printmaking
course at the yard:ARTspace is exploring
the collagraph technique of silk aquatint. A very sophisticated way of making a collagraph plate using a chiffon base to give rich velvety blacks and layers of glue to create tonal contrasts.
I am getting about too, I spent Saturday in Much Wenlock facilitating
a Viscosity Monoprint workshop for the 
An enthusiastic class produced lots of
beautiful monoprints,
with Mary, the gallery owner hosting a delicious lunch.
While I was in Much Wenlock, the painter Louise Millin Inchley was running a painting workshop at the yard:ARTspace, stunning results were achieved and I look forward
to Louise taking over the printmaking space to run more water soluble oil painting workshops in the future.
To finish off what has been a very busy week, I can announce that this collagraph has been accepted by the Royal West of England Academy's Annual Autumn Exhibition. Starting 4 October – 29 November in Bristol, it will be an interesting and varied exhibition, well worth a visit.

Sunday, 20 September 2015


After a lovely summer break in Amsterdam and St Ives, I started back at the yard:ARTspace this weekend kicking off the Autumn term with a weekend workshop, Collagraph with a Dry Point Twist.
It felt very Autumny with spiders webs bejewelled and a very mist couple of mornings.
The yard was set up
to greet everyone, new work hung up.
Sunflowers to remind us of summer??
And a display of collagraph samples made into booklets.
Party rings and custard creams set the scene for what was to come this weekend!
Everyone was soon head down and working
on dry point images on 'file cover plastic'.
Here is an example of where we were all heading, a drypoint plate on plastic with a collagraph background made from card and glue.
Printed together they give a rich drawn print that looks a great deal like a two plate etching.
Here is the drawing together with the plastic dry point on the right and the glued and shellacked collagraph on the left.
With 2 plates on the go there was lots of inking
and the small presses were ideal for the job.
The dry points printed first produced energetically drawn images,
masking tape added tonal areas
creating solid areas of colour.
but the magic happened when the dry point plates were  
printed on a collagraph background,
wood glue produces very interesting textures and
printing with 2 plates keeps colours defined
and allows the printing of lighter colours without contaminating them.
Lots of gorgeous prints were made, the atmosphere was energetic and the weekend whizzed by, most of the party rings were eaten!!
For details of more classes being held at the yard:ARTspace check out the website.