A small stitchy picture from a workshop I took last weekend. Most needleworkers, embroiderers or stitchers might thing this was a mock up test piece, but no, this is my finished piece. It does have to be bound on the edges and perhaps if friends give me advice I might try and improve it. I used a retired pillow case from before WWII (ragged and frail), right up to a modern pillow case that was shortened to fit a buck wheat pillow. Some pieces from another workshop with Marianne Hargreaves, oh many years ago, and some trials of mine of printing on silks. It might make the cover of a sample book. We'll see.
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Number 93, 94, and 95 a&b of the 100 days project. Left is a screen print using some very heavy textural objects, the ink stood up and them slowly collapsed and went right through the paper. With my palette knife I removed it all except that which had stained or gone into the paper. The piece could be improved with some pen work with lines of varying thickness. Second from the left is a collagraph with cardboard and fibre, this collapsed during printing as I had the press wound down too hard. 95 took a long time to cut out from corrugated cardboard and the print block looked interesting. Once again even after the experience from printing 'a' the cardboard collapsed. I was disappointed in the end result.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Numbers 90, 91 and 92 of the 100 Days Project. This time I found my really, really old home made screen printing frame. With torn paper from a phone book and Akua ink (neither really suitable) I played around. The ink is taking days to dry and has not made it yet.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
100 Days has finished but I have not. Our house needed painting inside and that meant we needed to remove the furniture so that just a shell remained. Done. That was the excuse for non-completion within the time limit of 100 days. I will continue. Numbers 85 t0 89. First two are solar prints, third is aluminium etched plate, fourth and fifth are acetate dry point prints.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Winter ills abound and these small prints are about the right size to make in my reduced state. Top row 3rd from left is not my plate but I did print the image. A collection of solar relief and etched (acetate and aluminium) efforts.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Prints from 69 to 73, the 100 days NZ project continues and now I am on the downhill run. Lace, fish skin, multicoloured inking, greasy crayons, stencil repeats. To see the link to the project click The last one is after reading about Imber near Salisbury, a town taken over by the military for weapon and manpower training.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Printing experiments from day 62 to 68, (there are 4 from day 64) which are continuing the project 100 Days NZ. Left to right, top row: Cliffs and vegetation, Cliffs and ocean, woodcut 1, woodcut 2, woodcut 3, lower row: woodcut 4, Is this my heart? Tree frog, Asher, Mary, and Haast Pass.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Print experiments continue with 100 Days Project (NZ). Numbers 52 to 61. I am still enthusiastic about various ways of printing, and using reference books for instructions. It remains a surprise each time I pull off the paper, the reverse aspect catches me. I have still to find a succinct definition of a print.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Number 31. A small strip of cut out prints from textured paper, about Galvins Cottage near Queenstown. Printed on Japanese Masa rice paper.
The first four are carved rubber stamps, and the right is drawn over paper placed on palette.
Over the gutter for the first two, third is a turkish folded printed map, fourth is a aluminium etched plate and fifth is a built up stamp pattern.
Monday, July 08, 2013
It is winter and we have a lot of rain. 1. Last official invite to Pauline and Neil's in Titirangi. They are moving house. 2&3. A double barrel workshop over a weekend, exhausting. 4. A long weekend down in Blenheim with our daughter and son in law. 5. After visiting Walter Rast I tried something new. I have avoided words before and this one uses a lot of them as texture. I like the change.
Saturday, July 06, 2013
Days 26-30 of the 100 Days NZ project. I found out some more about printing and enjoyed the discovery. Suggestion to me seems more important than hard facts. The right hand image is when I decided to use the very last skerrick of ink, until no image could be transferred. Nearly at that stage is when I laid a piece of paper on the glass and drew over it resulting in the dark smudged marks.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Monday, June 24, 2013
The next five days of the 100 Days NZ, for which I am making one print a day. Starting left, the sugar bowl that has been in daily use for all of my life and very important cup for tea. A rather wonky boat on the mud, a fish before and after etching, the arm rest of my chair, and my Schmincke paint box.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
Everyday matters #109. Draw a clock you have around the house, this one belonged to my paternal Aunty Jean and Uncle Jock Crawford. When we called on them Uncle Jock always had a 2/6d for each of us hidden under the clock. Aunty Jean was an excellent cook and I was allowed to help make the pancakes on the Aga. Ah memories, long gone.
Yesterday I made this etched print for 100DaysNZ project. It is running alongside my EDM so I decided to use the print and hand coloured it for #109. This took longer than the actual print making process. The rings are not concentric, another of my challenges.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The first five days of the 100 Days NZ project have been merged and posted here. I am still not sure what I expect from this or me for that matter, so it is quite exciting. Perhaps I will find out what I like and analyse why, then do more with what I have learnt.
Friday, June 07, 2013
The first day of a new project, which goes under the name 100 Days NZ. I have planned to print a small item everyday for the required period. Today it was some light weight aluminium, onto it I wrote with a pen, trying to remember how to write backwards and keep the nib flat on the metal. This was then put in a bath of chemicals which etched into the metal, the plate then dried, covered with water based ink and run through the printing press. I had quite a bit of left over ink so I made some small note cards with the brayer and various textures, off setting and mono prints. The greyish card just left of centre is the project one. See the project site here
Monday, May 27, 2013
These little drawings are after a long weekend spent down on the west coast of the South Island, at a bach where the Nile river runs into the sea. A fairly typical kiwi holiday bach which has been added on to and refined over a long period of weekend DIY efforts. The weather was settled, the site magnificent and our spirits revived.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
One of these naive pictures was missed with the last group scanning so I merged it when I realised my numbers were wrong. We took Asher our very naughty but much loved cat, to the vet and left him there, we have been so very sad ever since.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
There are several things I would like to change about this little journal project. I need to decide on a better form for the heading or title. I would like to be more accurate about the points of the compass and where they are in relationship to where I have been. Thinking about image strategy so that my journeys do not become too repetitive.
Friday, May 10, 2013
I attended a workshop at Dilworth last weekend, the teacher was Kathy Boyle and the organiser was Susan Hurrell-Fieldes and it was about the painterly print. The weather was atrocious, like someone emptied the bath, so we were pleased to be inside and out of it, or so we thought. Day one we worked building up multiple images on canvas with a view to making a small book on day two. Day two was etching aluminium using various resists, collaging and preparing material to bind for the book. I was slow and have only just finished my cover. It is canvas and has been bound on the edges with a strong paper. The spine is made out of a different piece of canvas and sewn together, I intend long stitching the pages in which I will have the collection of prints I produced over the two days. I really struggled to be loose with the construction and I intend working towards a more relaxed structure next.
Sunday, May 05, 2013
EDM # 108 Draw a light bulb or two. Maybe it's because winter is nearly here, I struggled to get excited about drawing a light bulb, maybe it was because I took the lightbulb out of my drawing light and had to do it in the dim, maybe not. It is done and ticked off. Half heartedly - go to the end of the line and start again!
Friday, May 03, 2013
Keri Smith's list of 100 things - no. 97 was to draw a manhole cover. I saw this cover outside Martin's work and took a picture and referred to it all the time when drawing. Each ring was so dependant on the next and so obvious when I sloped off, in the end I just left the non-concentric rings and hope your eye slides over them to realise the whole.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
This happened when I should have been doing other things. A small journal,11x16x3 cm with pages of my favourite paper and needing to be used for something. My idea was to fill it with a picture journey of where I go everyday, from memory and only putting things in I know or remember seeing, no research. It is not accurate or to scale, as roads do not meet that should and things are sometimes upside-down. There are six already and it's fun to do, just for me.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Two items turned up and surprised me. I retrieved several suitcases from up in the loft and emptied them,
finding my daughter's swimming togs and a label off my grandmother's old leather suitcase.
I decided to draw both before posting
them off to my daughter.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
This hasn't worked out how I had hoped. Difficulty with similar textures and colours makes the sand possibly be water and if the page is turned another way up it could be other things. The paper was one of the rusted pages that I made at Easter, it grabbed the charcoal quiet strongly.