Tag Archives: Daler Rowney

The Last Experiment (for now)

8 Nov

caligo 8

I’ve been experimenting doing monotypes on a gel plate from Gelli Arts, trying out different inks and paints over the last week or so. I’ve finished for the time being, ending up with Caligo Safe Wash oil-based printing inks. I used Process Yellow, Magenta and Cyan mixed approximately 50:50 with the brand’s Extender for translucency and to make it easier to roll. It gave good coverage over the gel plate, held texture well, printed with vibrant colours and also produced a decent ‘ghost’ (secondary) print.

 

I’ve tried out 6 different inks / paints, all printed in two layers onto Daler Rowney cartridge paper (90gsm). I think the best for my own professional use are the Caligo Safe Wash oil-based printing ink and the Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint.

 

For teaching, I would be happy to use both the Essdee and the Seawhites of Brighton water-based printing inks. And the other 2 media I used, Winsor & Newton Galeria acrylic paint and Liquitex acrylic inks were both too liquid to give satisfactory results on this brand of gel plate, so I’ll be keeping them for other projects.

 

 

 

Easy Exercise

6 Sep

Hope

I’ve been running some art sessions locally, developing simple exercises to introduce techniques to people who maybe don’t have much confidence in their abilities at first. I wanted to do something that uses pastels and text so, working on black paper, I encouraged people to make a few simple marks with soft pastels turned on their sides and then write a single word repetitively across the background to create a dynamic texture. Very simple but quite effective, I think, and easily accessible.

 

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Gors Fawr, near Mynachlog-ddu in the Preseli mountains, a lush green bog fringed with glowing hills.

Complex Fragments

31 Aug

Scribble 2

I’ve zoomed in on parts of the random scribbles I’ve been doing over discarded screenprints lately. These fragments are complex images in their own right. I’ll probably end up using them for collages but for the moment I’m enjoying them as they are.

 

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Back To Scribbling

30 Aug

Scribble 1

I returned to scribbling onto recycled prints today. This is an old screenprint that I didn’t like when I did it but it’s on a gorgeous Zerkall paper that’s too good to throw away, so I scribbled all over it. I took some digital photos of the result and here is a small section of it that  I photographed digitally. I spend a lot of time on these seemingly random scribbles, working into many of the marks with my fingers to soften and smudge. I used top quality Daler Rowney soft pastels.

 

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Putting It Together

26 Aug

Making an artwork can sometimes be quick and spontaneous but is often a set of processes that finally come together. That’s the way I developed the collage that I made yesterday at the Mill Lane Arts Week in Cardiff. I rummaged around in my plans chest for old discarded prints that hadn’t worked out to my satisfaction, linocuts and screenprints, the paper is too good to waste so they get squirreled away to be reused.

Millane 3

I worked on top of a large discarded linocut and collaged a fragment of a two-colour screenprint that hadn’t worked out.

 

Over the previous week, I had been scribbling over some unused screenprints and also some vintage papers with Daler Rowney soft pastels, working randomly building up layers of colour and texture. I used these extensively to build up detail on my collage.

 

So my final piece started some years ago with disappointment in the print studio – happy accidents.

Millane 4

 

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Urban Shredder

25 Aug

Millane 1

Husb and I spent the day in Cardiff at the Mill Lane Arts Week en plein air public art event. Most of the artists there today were painting but I don’t really ‘get’ paint so I did a collage. I’ve been preparing collage papers all week ( please see the last few blog posts) and I got stuck into shredding and sticking the urban cityscape in front of me.

Millane 2

I worked onto a discarded print, a large linocut that hadn’t worked out but turned on its side, it was a good starting point. Then I added some large-ish areas of colour and texture from some unwanted screen prints, then began shredding in earnest to build up detail. I had wondered about working in some linear details with conté crayon or oil bars, but in the end I liked the rough abstract nature of it.

Loads of artists have been working en plein air throughout the week and our work is on display on Level 2, 10, Mill Lane, Cardiff for the next few days, if you’re anywhere near.

 

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Ready To Go

24 Aug

e Step 4

Here’s the last of the scribbly experiments I’ve been doing lately, using Daler Rowney pastels onto vintage papers. I’ve been thinking about how I can use these pieces in cityscape collages tomorrow in Cardiff Arts Week. I’ll be drawing / collaging en plein air around Mill Lane and The Hayes, so please come and have a chat if you’re passing.

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Sounds Like A Plan…

23 Aug

d Step 1

Still experimenting with pastels on paper today, this time using a beautiful mid-weight vintage paper from a British mill that no longer exists. I wanted to be a bit more specific with the colours so I started working with various blue Daler Rowney soft pastels, using both hands to make randomised marks on the paper and then getting grubby with my fingers, rubbing away at some of the areas to soften the lines and intensify the hues.

Then I divided the paper with a fold and worked into one half with a black pastel and into the other with pale blue and white. I’m starting to get some ideas for using these papers. I will be working en plein air on Friday this week at the Cardiff Arts Week festival in Mill Lane. I think that most of the artists involved will be painting but I don’t paint. Messy stuff. So I thought I’d use these prepared papers to do some collaged cityscapes, working in the details with something intense like carbon. Sounds like a plan to me.

 

 

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Three Papers

16 Nov

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A while back, I did some drawings of artists who inspire me and from those drawings I made some silkscreen stencils and printed up a series of nine images. Then I scanned a couple of those screenprints and had them made into small rubber stamps and that’s what I’m working with now, experimenting and seeing what I can come up with. A few weeks ago I went to a short paper-making course at Swansea’s City Farm and the paper, although lovely, isn’t particularly good for drawing so I’ve been trying to come up with some uses for it. So here’s a mashup of a little stamp of Käthe Kollwitz on Japanese Shiohara paper set onto a piece of hand made nettle paper mounted onto Daler Rowney Ebony paper. Oooohhh three papers in one little piece. Lovely.

 

Cool Sea. Hot Sky.

21 Jun

2016 Midsummer

 

Husb and I went out to look for the Midsummer sunset this evening from the top of one of the city’s hills. I had a bit of a scribble, looking South West across Swansea Bay. The still sea was misty and smudged into layers of pale cool blues interspersed with pinky-purply smears. I drew into my Daler Rowney ‘Ebony’ sketchbook with Daler Rowney artist pastels,

Midsummer

I turned around to face North West and just had time to take a couple of photos of the sun setting over the hill, throwing fire across the sky. And from now on, the nights will be drawing in again. Ho hum.

 

I’ve been travelling around South Wales with archaeologist Dewi Bowen, who is researching his new book on Neolithic / Bronze Age monuments. His previous book on the stones of Ancient Siluria (South East Wales) can be found here. Also with us  is film maker Melvyn Williams, recording a documentary about our experiences. Some of Melvyn’s short films can be seen here. If you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

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