Tag Archives: screenprinting

Hanging With Camille Claudel

11 Nov

Camille

Here I am at the opening of the Women’s Arts Association annual show, “The Uncredited Woman” in Cardiff last night with the work I submitted, a screenprint of the French sculptor Camille Claudel. I used the liquid stencil method to prepare the screen, working from one of my drawings of her. If you want to find out more about the process, please click here. The exhibition is at Llanover Hall in Cardiff CF5 1FH until December 8th.

Stamping!

5 Jul

I’m going to be running some creative training sessions soon and one of them is going to be about stamping. That’s not moving your feet up and down with force, but the practice of creating new artworks from rubber – or lino or wood – stamps. I’ve been doing some work in this technique, inspired by artists Atif Khan, Ryan McGinnis and Federico Pietrella. Here are some different ways I’ve been using a stamp I had made from a screenprint I did of my hero, German artist Käthe Kollwitz. On the left, a ‘mashup’ with a newspaper fragment; in the middle a 3D construction from Shiohara paper and aluminium armature wire; on the right a stitched piece with chine collé.

 

Here are some examples of work from other artists using stamps too. From left to right, Federico Pietrella, Ryan McGinnis, Atif Khan.

 

 

 

 

For a limited period I am putting a new drawing from my recent sketch books on my Artfinder gallery every day.  If you’d like to check them out, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

 

 

And Now The Chaps…

12 Jun

egon

I’ve finished a series of 8 silkscreen prints of women artists who inspire or move me and now I’m going to have a bash at the chaps. It’s been harder to source photographs of the male artists. A lot of them have been very formal, posed ones and so many men in the early twentieth century had large beards, which make them look a bit samey. There seem to be more photos of the women artists of the same era, a lot of them informal, family photos which has given me far more choice. Egon Schiele is an exception as he had a series of experimental photographic portraits  made and he also shaved! I’ve worked up a drawing onto the screen and worked onto it with Speedball Diazo drawing fluid using various sable brushes. It’s one of the screens I’ll be taking to the London Art Car Boot Fair (June the 14th) to demonstrate screenprinting, alternating with stencil artist Simon Dark. We’ll be doing our arty thing outside Dylan’s Mobile Book Bus.

Mixing It: Print, Drawing, Collage

17 Aug

Mixed media: Elders.

 

I was editioning a block print of a head of an elderly man developed from a drawing from my trip to Pakistan a few years ago and had a bit of printers ink left over so I tried printing the block onto odd bits of paper I had around the place. I had a sheet of very nice hand-made Japanese paper, pale green with bits of dried bamboo leaves embedded into it, so I did a print on it which was a bit disappointing at the time because it wasn’t a good rich black. I put it in a draw in my plans chest and forgot about it for a couple of years. It ended up in a folder of papers I took to life drawing; I often re-use old prints and work over them with drawings because the paper is too good to waste and I’m mean!

 

The male model that evening was quite elderly and I liked the idea of combining the two elders, one Western and one Eastern, so I started by drawing our model, John, alongside the Islamabad man using Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens and black conté crayon. Then I took a Pritt stick and stuck the Japanese paper down onto a larger sheet of black cartridge and continued the drawing over the edge of the Japanese paper onto the black using white oil pastel. Finally I collaged torn pieces of handmade patterned paper which I’d previously screenprinted with text.

 

I know artists who chuck out work that isn’t 100% what they want but I think that’s a waste, because after a while you can look at it in new ways and find a different use for it.

 

Watercolour Sketches – Real Artgeek Stuff!

12 Aug

Watercolour sketch of a skull.

 

I don’t always sketch in pen; now and again I use watercolour. It’s good discipline to break out of my comfort zone and it forces me to observe and record colour. I almost always draw from life and I enjoy doing anatomical studies. I have a borrowed skeleton, called Felicity, in my studio [I didn’t name her and she’s plastic] and here’s a detailed watercolour sketch, on Bockingford paper, of Felicity’s skull, set against a background of screenprinted vertebrae on hand coloured Zercoll paper, using System 3 acrylics and screenprinting medium.

 

Watercolour sketch: my left hand.

 

I did this study of my hand in watercolour on Bockingford. I spent two days studying and recording it and the more I looked, the more I saw. It’s amazing how colourful skin is when you look really hard. I use Windsor and Newton artist quality watercolours and I prefer Bockingford as it’s very white and gives excellent luminosity. I started by working both up as very light pencil sketches and then added the watercolour, wetting the paper as I went.

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