Friday, September 16, 2016

Postcard Swap.

I'm always excited to receive mail especially if it's to do with art. I entered Printbank Mackay's second postcard swap and am so pleased with my two postcards. The catalogue was a novel idea and very handy once you have e-mailed , as I have and been replied to, to look up which one's  the other artists received. I know mine are destined for my private collection.
Here are my two.
'Bobbing Along'
One of my favourite subjects in lino my preferred medium too. Thanks to Marg McArdell from N.Ireland .

'Love in the Mist'
All the way from New Zealand,a linocut and monoprint. Thanks to Maggie Dawson for producing a lovely 'ghost' image and the colours are beautiful.
I am happy to say both arrived in good condition.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

From This to This.

The flower is finished and not as smooth as other pieces being produced but we move on to new projects when learning new hobbies. At the end I decided it needed some texture  somewhere in the background. Leichardt timber has been nice to carve and relatively easy to handle. The sanding is not as smooth as some pieces produced and I learnt to be softer when gouging and shaping in the beginning.
The next timber to try is Guava , a white timber with  lovely markings on the bark.

Playing With Ink at Home.

Just a normal Saturday afternoon before going for a beach walk. These are my latest lino plates and future developments in mind for them.

A birthday card and matching envelope from old mixed medium session. It's for a special young lass celebrating double figures this month.

The blue prints are on Japanese Kitaka paper and the other on Mingeishi. I like both as easy to print by hand with the blue lighter weight paper having a texture to it adds interest.

There's so much I can do with this plate and is a favourite so will probably reappear here in the future.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Playing With Paper.

Just a short post on papermaking which I have only done  this year with my friends and another lady wanted to try it so I borrowed the kit and we played with it this week.
The old lino plate on the left, as I am a deep cutter I thought to try it with papermaking. I placed the plate onto the screen before immersing into the tub and when lifted out and draining blotted with a towel pushing the pulp into the grooves.

Detail and might have shown better on plain coloured paper.

Ideas grow as you work so placed wool and a feather on another sheet while still damp with a cloth over the top and ironed it.

This is the other side of the ironed sheet showing the marks from the ironing board.

Friday, July 29, 2016

A Morning of Printing.

There was just the three of us today printing and rewarded ourselves with a nice lunch at local club.
A good time was had as usual with impressive results which new ideas sprung forth for a  later date in the form of a collaboration.
Here's some photos so far.
Playing with embossing on handmade paper.

Two more plates and embossed prints.

Handmade paper embossed print.

Inked plate with possible paper choice.

And the result on paste paper which left interesting marks because of the differing heights on the surface.

Off the press.

Decisions to be made before putting on the press.

This is very effective over the paste paper.

Ghost print minus the border.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Inbetween Carving and Printing.

Besides my two previously mentioned projects I am still finding time to continue on with the art deco/art nouveau colouring but sometimes the days aren't long enough as I still need to exercise, otherwise I get cranky. I can't imagine being bored by not having something to do.
Below are my latest ones just updated to computer.
I really enjoy using mixed mediums and have done one with pastel pencils in the centre image with soft colour pencils on the outer image/border.

1920's ART DECO DOOR..


Pastel pencils in the centre with soft pencil on the border. It has been sprayed with a fixative to prevent smudging.
This image wasn't one I favoured, it became a challenge  and now quite like it. Some time it's easier to "see" the pattern once colour has been applied.


One of my favourites.
The book is nowhere being finished as some designs don't attracts me at first so I treat them as challenges and spend some time considering colour choices and materials. There is always the question of balance too in regards of how much white background to leave and where to place the dominate colour, palette and tonal values.
Some pages have twin images so I take the chance to either paint as one or use complimentary colours even change the colouring of a background in one and leaving white in it's twin.
This is the twin or mirror image while below is same colours but in different positions. There is so much one can do with one image.


In the back of the book a page has details of the images such as a building somewhere in the world and also includes details of the creator of a piece of jewellery, a fence gate or just a mosaic design from a floor, wall or tiles.

And some are only motifs but always nice to work on.

I had these two in a previous post and CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH is a favourite.

I imagine only the very centre piece would be the actual necklace.

Return to wood carving.

Now that school holidays are over I 've returned to wood carving and am on my second piece again in Leichardt. A soft yellow wood makes it easy for learners to carve and this time I'm not as ambitious as the first large project and one of the other ladies sketched a flower on an odd shaped leftover piece.
The intention was to be gentler with the timber and not leave gouge marks which are harder to sand off by hand later.

The odd shape and if you can see it there is a likeness to a human head as it was an off cut from a piece one of the other carvers who is carving a portrait.

Side view and it won't stand erect on it's own but that's okay as still a learning piece.

Notice the sun coming through under the branch and this is what I have learnt lately, how to reverse the tool to round off edges and smaller tools to "dig".

The depth cut away from the base.
Carving like any art related project takes love, care and time to produce a piece to be proud of.
I probably won't carve anymore away as don't want to break a petal even though it looks secure and strong it would only take the wrong pressure and a twist to the tool to create damage. Sanding will be a slow process and a coat of varnish this time to bring the colour out.

I went for an early morning walk in the Botanical Gardens and this is the Leichardt tree in it's natural state.