More Paper Heaven

Husb and I spent a couple of days in Somerset, mainly at Wookey Hole which, apart from the fantastic caves, also has a museum paper mill. We had a really excellent demonstration and history of the mill, which unfortunately stopped making paper in 2008, but the shop still stocks the lovely handmade sheets in variousContinue reading “More Paper Heaven”

And A Little Bit Pear Shaped: 4

Towards the end of the day I spent up The Workers Gallery in Ynyshir last week, I had a fourth, final, attempt at doing a monotype with a silkscreen and Daler Rowney acrylic screenprint medium. My experiments with Inktense blocks were a miserable failure (here) so I switched to watercolour pencils. First, I printed aContinue reading “And A Little Bit Pear Shaped: 4”

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

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

Still Pear Shaped: 3

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 resultContinue reading “Still Pear Shaped: 3”

Then It Carried On Being Pear Shaped: 2

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.Continue reading “Then It Carried On Being Pear Shaped: 2”

Then It All Went Pear-Shaped: 1

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. Once I finished sketching, I put a piece of paper under the screen and pouredContinue reading “Then It All Went Pear-Shaped: 1”

Trying New Things

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, makeContinue reading “Trying New Things”

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 aContinue reading “All The Different Layers – The Last One!”

All The Different Layers … Step 3

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 basedContinue reading “All The Different Layers … Step 3”

All The Different Layers … Step 2

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 ontoContinue reading “All The Different Layers … Step 2”