Back To The Drawing Board

Literally, back to the drawing board. I worked up a full scale drawing yesterday, ready to transfer to a block for cutting. But I’m not happy with it. There’s so much text to fit into the space and I think it’s too busy and cramped so today, back to basics, redrawing each word so theContinue reading “Back To The Drawing Board”

And Nearer ……

Moving into the final stages of my commission from Sky Arts ART50 now, drawing up the design to full scale before transferring it onto a wood block for cutting …..          

Phew! Cracked It!

Finally, all the teccie, geeky stuff has been sorted. I did a third test block, carving a fraction of my final design onto a shard of MDF, coating it three times with a 50:50 mix of shellac and methylated spirits, inking it up with Cranfield Caligo Safewash Relief ink and printing it, using a JapaneseContinue reading “Phew! Cracked It!”

Open Studio Days And Cake

You are welcome to pop in to one of my Open Studio days where I’ll be working on a commission from Sky Arts television channel, called “Here Be Dragons”, which means dangerous or unknown territory! 216 High Street Swansea SA1 1NW Saturday November 3rd from 11 until 2 pm Thursday November 8th from 3 untilContinue reading “Open Studio Days And Cake”

Yesterday’s Package

Yesterday’s package was tins of new ink! Caligo / Cranfield Safe Wash litho / relief ink in black, for my test blocks. And here’s the second of my test blocks cut into MDF. The first, last week, gave unsatisfactory results but one of my WordPress chums, Siver Black, gave me a tip, to apply threeContinue reading “Yesterday’s Package”

Test Blocks And Neck Ache

So I’m getting seriously into the development of my woodblock now and going through some testing stages; working out whether to have the image cut into the block, so it prints light, or cutting the block away around it, so it prints dark; which of my cutting tools to use; should the cutting be controlledContinue reading “Test Blocks And Neck Ache”

Many Words……

Yesterday I showed how I started out developing a new piece of art, working though a process which ended up with lots of words rather than pictures. Today I took those words and started playing with the shapes of the letters and the shapes between the letters…..abstracting from the original letters in the same wayContinue reading “Many Words……”

And Then There Was The Word

The process of developing a new artwork sometimes takes some surprising twists and turns. When I started working on my new commission for Sky Arts Art50, I thought I’d be doing visual motifs, but after humming and haahing for a while, and reading loads of research, I found myself writing on walls, all over theContinue reading “And Then There Was The Word”

Foxing!

I’ve been developing ideas for my commission from Sky Arts Art 50, working out my thoughts using my home-made walnut ink and Winsor & Newton watercolours onto Waterford watercolour paper. It’s a heavy, deckle-edged paper that withstands the very wet medium without needing to be soaked and stretched. I wouldn’t normally use such high qualityContinue reading “Foxing!”