Pushing It ….

I’m carrying on with this painting onto a recycled canvas, from a sketchbook scribble I did a while back (below). I’m way out of my comfort zone here, I normally try and work directly from life, or from a photo if I really have to, so to try and make a painting from what isContinue reading “Pushing It ….”

Making A Start ….

I’ve been scribbling in sketchbooks for decades but I hardly ever develop any artwork from these little drawings. I don’t know why, it’s a huge resource but until recently I forgot about the sketches almost as soon as I’d done them. So recently I decided to make a real effort to go back to myContinue reading “Making A Start ….”

Under The Weather…

It’s been one of those days when I feel really under the weather – and the weather is miserable, grey and rainy. I didn’t get on with the pastel drawing I wanted to complete so I grabbed a few minutes to scribble my feet that are perched on top of my exercise ball in theContinue reading “Under The Weather…”

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”

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”