In the Cotswolds lichen seems to be a bit difficult to find, plenty of moss but no obvious lichen, until you find it on your door step in a little packet sent from a kind friend in Scotland where it is in abundance.
I have to get a plan together quickly before it deteriorates!
These are handpressed cutouts with textures added and using different coloured inks including the lovely gold! As I do not have a press these have been put together in photoshop taking up their correct positions in the universe. It would probably be a good idea for me to make some more Christmassy prints for next year right now as my Christmas creativity never gets started in time for the current year.
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.
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!
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.
Northumberland and the Scottish borders yielded some great scenery for me and lots of birds on the shore and the islands. I bought a card with a print of Lindisfarne on it and was inspired to try these collograph and monoprints.
Jenny Wren singing her heart out……
I believe this is field of blue is linseed or flax.
Looking for ways to describe a new format!
Reformat of a painting that had been in a different frame along with adding a pressed leaf.
A freehand machine sewn piece with words from a poem by William Henry Davies (1871 – 1940).
Freehand sewing using my starling drawing…