A “How To” Film – Screenprint With A Naughty Cat!

A screenprint set up on a kitchen table.

Husb and I have made a short 3 minute film about how to set yourself up to do silkscreen printing on a kitchen table, or desk. The cat joined in. Of course she did! A lot of people ask me how to set up for printmaking at home, so this will be the first of a series of “How To” shorts. No doubt Sparta Puss will continue to “help”. She isn’t allowed on the table, you know!

Three minutes to set up for screenprint – with the cat!

Raising Funds.

My family is raising money for Phil, a younger relative of mine, to have life-changing surgery in Spain. Phil is disabled by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and the operation he needs isn’t currently available in the UK. I know times are hard, but if you’re able to spare a bob or two, please click here find out more or to donate a small amount to Phil’s crowdfunding campaign. Thank you xxx

Raising funds for Phil, bottom left, to have life-changing surgery xxx

Trying Out A Change

I’m having a go at new templates for my website so I’ll be changing them a few times over the next couple of weeks to see how I get on with them. If there’s one you really like, or dislike, please let me know . Thanks x

Still Pear Shaped: 3

I Switched To Pencils.

After disappointing results with the Inktense blocks*, I decided to switch to watercolour pencils. I’d done this monotype technique before and the results weren’t bad, so I thought I’d give it another go. I drew onto the screen mesh from an old portrait sketch, and then squeegeed Daler Rowney Screenprint Medium through it.

The result is okay, but a bit skewiff because I nudged the screen as I was printing. The image is reasonably strong though, better than I’d had with the Inktense blocks.

*I did these screenprint monotype experiments at The Workers Gallery, Ynyshir last weekend.

Raising Funds.

My family is raising money for Phil, a younger relative of mine, to have life-changing surgery in Spain. Phil is disabled by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and the operation he needs isn’t currently available in the UK. I know times are hard, but if you’re able to spare a bob or two, please click here find out more or to donate a small amount to Phil’s crowdfunding campaign. Thank you xxx

Raising funds for Phil, bottom left, to have life-changing surgery xxx

Trying Out A Change

I’m having a go at new templates for my website so I’ll be changing them a few times over the next couple of weeks to see how I get on with them. If there’s one you really like, or dislike, please let me know . Thanks x

Then It Carried On Being Pear Shaped: 2

Drawing Into Wetness.

Following on from yesterday’s tale of defeat*, I had a think about what might have gone wrong and wondered if the Inktense marks on the silkscreen just didn’t get wet enough to release their vibrant pigments onto the paper. So I made the mesh nice and wet and drew onto it with the Inktense blocks.

Ready To Try A Monotype.

It was a much stronger drawing than the previous one, which was quite pale. The water on the screen released the rich Inktense colours and I started to get excited. Would this one play ball and transfer to the paper successfully? I poured the Daler Rowney Silkscreen Medium onto the mesh at the top of the drawing and pulled the squeegee across it, to release the pigment onto the paper below ….

Printing From A Wet Screen.

And it ran all over the place! The colour was stronger than my first attempt, but the drawing just smudged itself across the paper. It’s not unattractive, but it isn’t anywhere near what I wanted. Back to the drawing board…again!

*I did these screenprint monotype experiments at The Workers Gallery, Ynyshir last weekend.

Raising Funds.

My family is raising money for Phil, a younger relative of mine, to have life-changing surgery in Spain. Phil is disabled by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and the operation he needs isn’t currently available in the UK. I know times are hard, but if you’re able to spare a bob or two, please click here find out more or to donate a small amount to Phil’s crowdfunding campaign. Thank you xxx

Raising funds for Phil, bottom left, to have life-changing surgery xxx

Trying Out A Change

I’m having a go at new templates for my website so I’ll be changing them a few times over the next couple of weeks to see how I get on with them. If there’s one you really like, or dislike, please let me know . Thanks x

Then It All Went Pear-Shaped: 1

Drawing with an Inktense block.

I spent last Sunday up The Workers Gallery in Ynyshir, doing some experiments with silkscreen monotype techniques. I wanted to see if Derwent Inktense blocks would work, using them to draw from a small sketch directly onto the screen mesh.

The Inktense sketch on the silk mesh.

Once I finished sketching, I put a piece of paper under the screen and poured some Daler Rowney Screenprint Medium onto the mesh, just above the sketch. I pulled it across the mesh with a squeegee to force the medium and, hopefully, the Inktense pigment through onto the paper. The result was massively disappointing – it’s an insipid ghost of the original image. Back to the drawing board.

Disappointment.

Raising Funds.

My family is raising money for Phil, a younger relative of mine, to have life-changing surgery in Spain. Phil is disabled by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and the operation he needs isn’t currently available in the UK. I know times are hard, but if you’re able to spare a bob or two, please click here find out more or to donate a small amount to Phil’s crowdfunding campaign. Thank you xxx

Raising funds for Phil, bottom left, to have life-changing surgery xxx

Trying Out A Change

I’m having a go at new templates for my website so I’ll be changing them a few times over the next couple of weeks to see how I get on with them. If there’s one you really like, or dislike, please let me know . Thanks x

Making An Example…Or Three

As well as making my own art, I also teach in adult education, with a national charity. Today was a ceramics class and I spent a bit of time doing some demonstration pieces, using our range of underglaze colours onto a buff earthenware. I want people to be able to see the colours after they’ve been fired to guide them. I also used 3 different tools, a small bottle with a nozzle, a square end brush and a round end brush. They’re completely raw now, they need to go to a bisque firing once they dry.

Raising Funds.

My family is raising money for Phil, a younger relative of mine, to have life-changing surgery in Spain. Phil is disabled by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and the operation he needs isn’t currently available in the UK. I know times are hard, but if you’re able to spare a bob or two, please click here find out more or to donate a small amount to Phil’s crowdfunding campaign. Thank you xxx

Raising funds for Phil, bottom left, to have life-changing surgery xxx

Trying Out A Change

I’m having a go at new templates for my website so I’ll be changing them a few times over the next couple of weeks to see how I get on with them. If there’s one you really like, or dislike, please let me know . Thanks x

Trying New Things

Setting up my workstation.

I spent a lovely day at The Workers Gallery in Ynyshir at the weekend, trying out some new techniques for screenprinting. Gayle and Chris, the artists who run the gallery, are away so I jumped at the chance of taking over the space and experimenting without the distractions of home and cat. First priority, make a nice cuppa, then set out my workstation, with Inktense colour blocks, solid watercolour paints, watercolour pencils, Daler Rowney screen printing medium, squeegee and silkscreen. Ready to go….

Raising Funds.

My family is raising money for Phil, a younger relative of mine, to have life-changing surgery in Spain. Phil is disabled by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and the operation he needs isn’t currently available in the UK. I know times are hard, but if you’re able to spare a bob or two, please click here find out more or to donate a small amount to Phil’s crowdfunding campaign. Thank you xxx

Raising funds for Phil, bottom left, to have life-changing surgery xxx

Trying Out A Change

I’m having a go at new templates for my website so I’ll be changing them a few times over the next couple of weeks to see how I get on with them. If there’s one you really like, or dislike, please let me know . Thanks x

All The Different Layers – The Last One!

And here’s the final layer of the photo-screen print I did at a recent course a couple of weeks ago, with Scotland-based artist Kelly Stewart at Swansea Print Workshop. It came from a tiny quick sketch in ballpoint pen that I enlarged on a photocopier and then printed out onto an acetate sheet. This became the stencil for a screen coated in photo-sensitive fluid and exposed in an ultraviolet unit. I printed it in a rich dark brown.

Raising Funds.

My family is raising money for Phil, a younger relative of mine, to have life-changing surgery in Spain. Phil is disabled by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and the operation he needs isn’t currently available in the UK. I know times are hard, but if you’re able to spare a bob or two, please click here find out more or to donate a small amount to Phil’s crowdfunding campaign. Thank you xxx

Raising funds for Phil, bottom left, to have life-changing surgery xxx

Trying Out A Change

I’m having a go at new templates for my website so I’ll be changing them a few times over the next couple of weeks to see how I get on with them. If there’s one you really like, or dislike, please let me know 🙂

All The Different Layers … Step 3

The Third Colour Printed….

I added a stone-y colour to my screenprint for the third stage, which sets the background to part of the wall and the upright at the bottom of the steps. Next, the linework …

I did this at a weekend screen printing course a couple of weeks ago, with Scotland-based artist Kelly Stewart at Swansea Print Workshop. It’s based on a quick sketch I made at the bottom of Waun Wen Terrace in the city.

Raising Funds.

My family is raising money for Phil, a younger relative of mine, to have life-changing surgery in Spain. Phil is disabled by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and the operation he needs isn’t currently available in the UK. I know times are hard, but if you’re able to spare a bob or two, please click here find out more or to donate a small amount to Phil’s crowdfunding campaign. Thank you xxx

Raising funds for Phil, bottom left, to have life-changing surgery xxx

All The Different Layers … Step 2

The second colour printed.

This is the next stage of the work I did at a weekend screen printing course a couple of weeks ago, with Scotland-based artist Kelly Stewart at Swansea Print Workshop. I printed a sort of teal colour for the sky above the little row of houses in Waun Wen Terrace. The original stencil was acrylic paint brushed onto clear plastic which was transferred to the screen with a photo-sensitive emulsion. I took the ink to the edges of the paper, rather than leave a border, because I like using the deckle edges.

Raising Funds.

My family is raising money for Phil, a younger relative of mine, to have life-changing surgery in Spain. Phil is disabled by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and the operation he needs isn’t currently available in the UK. I know times are hard, but if you’re able to spare a bob or two, please click here find out more or to donate a small amount to Phil’s crowdfunding campaign. Thank you xxx

Raising funds for Phil, bottom left, to have life-changing surgery xxx

All The Different Layers ….. Step 1

The first colour laid down.

I did a weekend screen printing course a couple of weeks ago, with Scotland-based artist Kelly Stewart at Swansea Print Workshop. We were working with layers of photosensitive screen stencils, based on original drawings. I used a little sketch I’d done a few months back when I was working on a community arts project in the Waun Wen area of the city, a very simple, quick scribble with a ballpoint pen into my A6 sketchbook.

The original sketch.

The first step was to print a background layer in a dusky pink, leaving a focal area of white for the houses in the terrace. The stencil for this layer was very simple brushstrokes of acrylic paint onto a sheet of plastic. It gave me a painterly texture which I prefer to the usual flat surface of screenprints.

The first photo-stencil.

Raising Funds.

My family is raising money for Phil, a younger relative of mine, to have life-changing surgery in Spain. Phil is disabled by Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and the operation he needs isn’t currently available in the UK. I know times are hard, but if you’re able to spare a bob or two, please click here find out more or to donate a small amount to Phil’s crowdfunding campaign. Thank you xxx

Raising funds for Phil, bottom left, to have life-changing surgery xxx
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