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Gouache And Black Paper

11 Apr

gouache 1

Yesterday I visited a fabulous exhibition by Swansea-based artist, Tim Kelly at Volcano, and browsed through one of his sketchbooks which was made up of black paper. It looks like he used gouache and gel pens (although I may be wrong) and I really liked the effect. I happen to have had a black paper sketchbook, some gouache paints and a rather smart Winsor & Newton water pot knocking around for some years now that I haven’t used. So I had a bit of a play. And I like the way the paint went on the paper, the way it holds the brushstroke, the way the paint looks. I think I could get into some experimentation with this. It’s important to take some time out to experiment with new materials, I think.

#Caturday!

6 Apr

sparta laptop a
Some cats on a Saturday evening because it’s #Caturday!

An International Bunch

1 Apr

workstation

A Temporary Print Workstation. This is how I print small blocks at home. I use the top of my plans chest but you can use any surface – desk, table, kitchen work surface… Cover the area with old newspaper (or similar) stuck down with masking tape.

Left to right:

  1. Registration sheet (I blogged about this 2 days ago)
  2. Printing area – where you actually rub the paper onto the inked block – I use Japanese barens
  3. Gluing area – for preparing the chine collé (I use Pritt stick – always use really good glue). Click here to find out more about chine collé.
  4. The inking area – see yesterdays blog for more on this.
  5. At the back I’ve put the stack of pre-cut printmaking paper and the prepared chine collé papers.
  6. I use Cranfield Caligo Safewash relief ink (made in Wales); Hosho Japanese paper for the print; and for the chine collé I use Indian hand-made recycled sari paper. I’ve used vinyl for the block, inked with an excellent roller from Intaglio Printmaker in London. And chine collé is a French term translated as China collage. An international bunch.

 

Playing With Words

5 Mar

annibyniaeth

I was really inspired to do more text-based work after completing “Here Be Dragons”, my recent commission for the Sky Arts TV Channel. I find myself doodling words and letters and making them more visual, more pictorial. Here’s the start of a new woodcut – maybe. I’m working it up in my home-made walnut ink onto a piece of vintage Somerset watercolour paper. It needs a lot more working out, but the potential’s there. “Here Be Dragons” was entirely in English so I want to try out a Welsh word this time.

A Lump Of Carbon

9 Feb

drawing 1

Creativity is a fickle thing, seems to be feast or famine, on a roll or nothing at all. I’m in a nothing phase at the moment so I’m pushing my way though it by just doing stuff at random. Today I grabbed a piece of vintage hand-made paper, really lovely, and a lump of carbon. First of all, I turned the carbon lump on its side and scraped it horizontally across the textured paper, varying the pressure to achieve different tones.
drawing 2

Then I turned it through 90 degrees and using the point of the graphite stick, dragged thin lines up and down the paper. It’s not great art, but it’s necessary to just play sometimes.

 

Too Much Admin…

7 Feb

There’s been so much admin to do the past couple of weeks that I haven’t had time to do much art, but tomorrow I have a whole day for creating. So many ideas in the pipeline….

Meanwhile, here’s a cat with a caption ….

no, seriously, i do this pretty much all day, then i get up and break something, i know, right copy

Chilled Out

6 Feb

 

that's not an exercise regime, it's a junta copy

Sparta Puss isn’t lazy. She’s just relaxed. So she says. My digital drawing, Husb’s caption.

Anti Cat Propaganda

5 Feb

remote

I’m with the late, great Little Ming on this one. Too many films portray cats as the villains. And we know they’d never behave like that. Oh no. 😉

Another of Husb’s captions over one of my cat drawings.

Do Not Disturb

3 Feb

you could move and lose a few pints of blood and your dignity, or we could stay here copy

So here’s another one of Husb’s captions on one of my cat drawings. Sparta Puss was sleeping on my lap of an evening, like she often does. She doesn’t like to be disturbed!

 

 

Lazy Bones

1 Feb

seen the light

Husb is putting captions to my cat drawings, for a laugh. They’re so accurate too. This is Sparta Puss chilling out, drawn with a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen into a very nice sketchbook made with banana leaf paper.

 

 

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