Diane Young ~ Artist ~ Printmaker

Every Picture tells a story.


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#Collagraph #printmaker experiments

So excited that my pebble tower turned out so well on a printing press at the New Brewery Arts centre; the others are a bit haphazard.  I just so love the plates themselves, but printing by rubbing on the back of the paper even with a proper brayer does not have the sway and consistency of a printing press itself.

Print of a feather by printmaker collagraph artist Diane YoungCollagraph by printmaker artist Diane Young showing a five bar gate and textures7Plate for a print experimenting in Collagraph texturesPebbles #1


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Christmas Fayre 8th December!

I will have a table at the Kingshill House Christmas Craft Fair in Dursley on Sunday 8th December!  Paintings, and prints, framed and unframed with a few pieces of new printmaking pieces print to boot!
 
“The table plan is done, the makers are busy creating lots of lovely things and the Cam Jammers Ukelele Group have spent weeks practicing their best Carols for us!
 
All we need now is you! Come along between 11am and 3pm on Sunday 8th December and shop until your heart is content.
 
With more than 30 stalls, there’s plenty to tempt you and if you’re a hands on kind of person, we’ll have a (free) ‘mini makes’ station set up with our craft club tutor, Jackie Ginley, teaching you the art of Danish paper folding; no need to book.
 
Lastly, we haven’t forgotten your taste buds; Bacon rolls, delicious homemade soup and scrumptious cakes, hot drinks and mulled wine are all on the menu in the Oldridge Bar!
 
Kingshill House Team”


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Curlew over Lower Burnmouth

My original inspiration for trying Collagraphy was coming across an image on a greetings card by Northumberland artist Carol Nunan and wondering how she produced such evocative work.

After a lot of research and several youtube videos later this image is one of my first ever collagraphs produced by hand.  Needless to say this is not the only one as it takes several if not many goes to get a consistent and successful result.  The beginning of a new creative journey!


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Face to Face – Printmaking

This is one of my series of “Dancer” prints of a red crested crane. The image on the right is the plate that it was printed from.  I love the plates almost more than the prints themselves.  They are a piece of artwork in their own right with textures, carved lines and spaces and items stuck on, finished with a layer of shellac which produces the ochre coloured finish.

One problem I have encountered with printmaking unlike painting is reproducing it digitally here.  Both scanning and photographs do not quite make the grade and (although I say it myself!) the images are much better in the flesh.

The wings are created by using a paper case used for cooking muffins.