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Proofing The Stones

28 Apr
First proof from vinyl blocks

First proof from vinyl blocks

I’m travelling around South West Wales with archaeologist Dewi Bowen who is researching his new book on Neolithic / Bronze Age monuments and I’m drawing the stones as we travel across the – mostly – wild spaces of South Wales. But I’m a printmaker as well as a scribbler and I’m developing ideas for prints from the stones. I cut these small blocks of vinyl a few weeks ago and today I had an afternoon in the studio at Swansea Print Workshop on the antique Colombian Press, taking a first proof of my 8 blocks. I’m very pleased with four of them; two need some more cutting and maybe need to be printed in two colours instead of one,]; one I’m not sure about so I’ll try some more cutting to see how it goes; and one of the blocks is so naff, it’s a non starter. That’s six decent ones out of eight, not bad at all.  I used Intaglio Printmaker’s litho/relief ink in black onto newsprint paper – no point in using decent paper for a first proof.

Dewi’s previous book on the stones of Ancient Siluria (South East Wales) can be found here. Accompanying us is film maker Melvyn Williams who is recording a documentary about our experiences. Some of Melvyn’s short films can be seen here. I’m currently working on a series of expressive drawings of ancestral sites and if you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

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