Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Etching beginners
















 Had our second session of etching last evening and again, some great work produced by our beginners.


Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Hawthorn ink demo

Had a very interesting and informative morning at Red Hot Press last weekend. Barry and Michael from Hawthorn Printmaker Supplies travelled down from York to tell us about inks and colour mixing. Barry gave us some really good tips on how to mix colours consistently which may seem obvious but actually there’s a lot more to it than I realised. My own colour palette is quite limited (as evidenced by the photo above, though I do have some inks by other makers) and I'm not really picky about tone so it's not something I've thought too much about in the past.

Barry is a fount of knowledge about the history and chemistry of ink-making. He was able to give me some advice on how to increase the longevity of the books I'm making given they are to be handled. Bought some driers to try for the monoprinting. Never needed to use it before so it will be interesting to see how it works. A very useful morning.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Cowprint Sketchers


This year, Cowprint members started a new activity. Once a month we go on an outdoor sketching session - a bit like Urban Sketchers but mostly not city scapes. Parks and woodland seem to be the favourite. This month we visited the shore (how lucky we are to live on the coast!).




Here's a selection of drawings I've made over the year. I really struggle with drawing landscape type subjects. And buildings. Give me a naked person and I'm fine but these outdoor drawing sessions are really outside my comfort zone. Which proably means I should do a lot more of it...





Thursday, 11 October 2018

Labyrinth

Work in progress. Every minotaur needs a labyrinth.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Drypoint beginners


Another clever bunch of printmaking beginners at Red Hot Press. I've just done a couple of sessions of drypoint with them - some good results.

Really sensitive use of the roulette wheel here.

















 Looking forward to seeing what they do with etching over the next two weeks.