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”

In Paper Heaven…

Husb and I just got back from a couple of days away in Somerset, visiting friends and the caves and paper mill at Wookey Hole. Unfortunately, the mill, one of the last in the UK to make traditional hand-made papers, stopped production in 2008 but it’s been preserved as a museum and there are regularContinue reading “In Paper Heaven…”

Prepping Paper

I’ve got some large rolls of Fabriano Accademica paper hanging around so I thought I’d stretch some of it on the wall, seal it with acrylic gesso and then colour it with some of my home-made walnut ink. And why not? I’ll cut it up and use it for life drawing. I’ve been taking blackContinue reading “Prepping Paper”

A Bit Of Vintage

And ….. back to my experiments with home-made printing ink. After disappointing results with a lightweight Japanese Hosho paper, I tried a lovely vintage British paper, J Green & Sons sold by the Vintage Paper Co. Above, I used the ink with a rubber stamp made from a design I did of the artist KätheContinue reading “A Bit Of Vintage”

Three Papers

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 seeingContinue reading “Three Papers”

Stingys!

When I was a kid, we always called Stinging Nettles “Stingys”. I hated them because they always managed to find me and sting me. I also have unhappy memories of my younger years as a biker chick, looking for somewhere to wee in the middle of a field at night at a bike rally andContinue reading “Stingys!”

Walnuts And Mud

My journey around ancient monuments last week ended is an unbelievably muddy field just outside the tiny village of Meinciau in Carmarthenshire. Some distance from the road, through a couple of fields is The Gwempa standing stone, a large menhir covered in elaborate patterns of lichen and scored heavily with lines near the bottom. TheContinue reading “Walnuts And Mud”

Little Lovely Leftovers

Just finished stitching a set of 15 little prints for the Leftovers VI international print exchange organised by the irrepressible Amy Nack at Wingtip Press in Boise, Idaho, USA. The premise of Leftovers is to use up some of those scraps of beautiful printmaking papers that are often left over from our projects. I haveContinue reading “Little Lovely Leftovers”

Loosening Up

I carried on working on tiny recycled fragments of beautiful papers today, Somerset, Bockingford, BFK Rives, Hahnemulle, and found myself relaxing into it. Yesterday was frustrating and difficult, as it should be, I was trying something new and there’s no reason why it should be easy. Today I was much less prissy and precious aboutContinue reading “Loosening Up”

Tiny Fragments

  Trying something different today. Normally I work directly from life but I started drawing intuitively, using tiny fragments of lovely papers. Most of them had been prints that hadn’t worked out so I am recycling them. I don’t know where it will lead but that’s what doing art is about, constantly pushing and tryingContinue reading “Tiny Fragments”