Note to self: Read the instructions! Marble printing

Art, drawing, Hares, marbling, Printing, sketching

Hi all 🙂

I haven’t posted for a while; there are many reasons for this, including working full time and ferrying kids about, going on holiday where there was no WiFi and yet, I’ve still been busy creating!  So what have you guys been up to?

I recently purchased a marbling kit, but didn’t read the instructions passed the part where it informs you how to mix the floater solution.  I made my solution up and cleaned out a 2 litre bottle to store it in, left it overnight and then transferred some into a smaller rectangular dish.  Pippets allow you to add ink to the top of the solution in small droplets, but I didn’t read the fact that you’re supposed to dilute the ink – oops.  Problem: the ink, if it’s not diluted just plops straight through the floater and onto the bottom rather th an ‘floating’.  It also didimagen’t spread like it was supposed to because it was too thick.  To solve this problem, I worked quickly and managed several fairly successful prints … Until my OH came along and thought the best way to solve the problem was by stirring the solution.  It’s now one big murky mess like you get when you paint and mix all the colours together.

The ten hares have been sketched onto the marble prints, which are 2 x 3 inches (ATC size) using Derwent fine liners which I picked up recently for an international project..  Love these pens.  I’ve got quite a collection now of different sizes , but my favourite is a 0.1 as you can do really fine details, especially on these small pieces of watercolour card.

As you can see from the photograph – the marbling can be done on most surfaces, including clothes pegs, but be warned … The cat might just get in the way!

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Christmas Free Giveaway!!!!

Animals, Art, Free Giveaway, gelliplate, life, Lino, Mono printing, Printing, Textures, Uncategorized

Hi there everyone! Today, we set up the works’ 7ft 6″ Christmas tree in the foyer and it really put me in the festive mood. I thought this would be a good opportunity to offer one lucky person the opportunity to win a limited edition lino/gelli print of a hare that I printed this evening (the paint is still drying!!!).
To enter, all you need to do is either visit my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/squarebird.co.uk and comment after the relevant post beneath the hare print OR if you don’t use Facebook, comment at the bottom of this blog post why you think you should win it and whether it would be for yourself or a gift for someone else by midnight Friday 12th December (all time zones). Please check back Saturday to see who has won and it will be posted hopefully for you to receive it before Christmas. Yay!

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Happy days!! 🙂

Oh, and here is a picture of the lino cut in progress and its first inking 🙂

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The inked up plate just before I took the first ever print of the hare 🙂

Call for Jane Christensen! You won a print from my free Gelli giveaway!

Art, blog hop, gelliplate, life, Mono printing, monoprinting, People, Printing, Uncategorized, watercolour

Hopefully you will see this post Jane. You may have missed the announcement that your name was selected (I decided to choose two lucky winners as I had entries both on this blog and through Facebook). I’d love to hear from you – or of any bloggers know Jane and could get the message out to her, I’d be really grateful. Thank you 🙂

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Still time to enter free giveaway!

Art, blog hop, flowers, gelliplate, life, Miniatures, Mono printing, nature, People, Uncategorized, watercolour

Just a quick reminder that there’s still time to enter my free giveaway as part of the October Gelli Blog hop. Please comment whether you would like to win the turtle or lion original gelli print that I’ve showcased this week. There is also a mystery prize for the winner, picked at random after Friday’s closing date. Thank you everyone who has entered so far.

Also don’t forget to check out the other participants of the blog hop as there are some more freebies! Why not enter them all?

Meanwhile, here is an ATC (Artist Trading Card) I made and sent off recently to Australia as part of Be Creative Swap. I made it using a plaster rose and an attempt at quilling a rose bud. The brief set by Myfanwy Hart was to incorporate a tag in some way as part of the ATC.

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Here is what I received in exchange 🙂

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The October Gelli Blog Hop

Animals, Art, blog hop, gelliplate, Mono printing, Printing, Textures, watercolour

Hi everyone! For those of you who are new to Gelli printing, I thought I’d share with you a technique that enables you to create textured prints with minimal effort and using basic equipment. Most Gelliprinters talk about printing with acrylics, but I actually love printing with watercolour and I’m going to tell you why in this blog as part of the October Gelli blog Hop, which kicked off by organiser and Gelli enthusiast, Michelle Reynolds.
Wednesday 15th Oct Michelle Reynolds http://shellsinthebush.blogspot.com.au/
Thursday 16th Oct Joanna Grant http://joannabananadesignoriginals.blogspot.com
Friday 17th Oct Jacques Williamos https://theelevatorpress.wordpress.com/
Saturday 18th Oct Linda Stokes http://www.lindastokes-textileartist.com/
Sunday 19th Oct Phillippa Montier http://pipart71.weebly.com
Monday 20th Oct Lauri Crowe http://www.laurijeancrowe.com
Tuesday 21st Oct Gail Schmidt http://www.shabbycottagestudio.net
Wednesday 22nd Oct Tami Sturm Howes http://www.thisandthatfromtami.blogspot.com

I belong to a Facebook group called Gelatin Printing Enthusiasts – a growing community of fantastic, creative people who just love printing with the Gelli.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/gelatinprintingenthusiasts/

So, why do I like using watercolours? The tubed variety obviously comes in gorgeous colours, but they blend easily and react differently on the plate. I have deliberately incorporated the speckled effect of watercolour by applying water to the plate to dilute the paint and then using the brayer to distribute it. I then allow the paint to settle and separate into areas of dots.

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I started on the lion picture by applying the lighter colours first and building it up layer by layer.
A mask was cut out in the rough shape of a lion’s face. I’ve used this technique with the birds I’ve shown on this blog and most recently with the turtle. The mask blogs out any areas I don’t want that colour to appear on.

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A screwed up piece of paper was the dabbed over the entire surface to create another texture and give some movement in the background.

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Gradually the layers were built up enough to show an outline from the mask so that I could apply inks, coffee syrup and watercolour paint using an aqua brush pen (these are amazing as you can add water or paint, coffee syrup, ink to the reservoir of the pen handle). I love them!

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When I was happy with the result of the lion and the paint was dry, I reapplied the mask over the image of the lion; added two bands of colour to my Gelli plate (Prussian blue, white, yellow ocre).

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Again, I waited for the paint to separate slightly to create a natural texture.

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The fact that some of my drawing was covered by the reapplied paint from the Gelli adds to the effect (a bit like when using a screen print). So this picture has five layers on it and if you run your finger over the finished print, there are raised areas.

Now to my free giveaway:
I am offering one lucky person the chance to win a turtle Gelliprint OR the lion I’ve show today. To enter, please comment below either ‘Lion’ or ‘Turtle’. I will select the winner next Friday. Good luck 🙂

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Introducing the October Gelli Print Blog Hop

Art, blog hop, flowers, gelliplate, life, Mono printing, nature, People, Printing, watercolour

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Good morning everyone! Today starts with the introduction of a blog hop for everything Gelli! See below for details on the blogs taking part and hop over and have a look at what these lovely creative people are up to with their Gelli plates. As you can see from the list, it will be my turn on Friday, so be sure to drop by and hopefully be inspired – there will be a free giveaway to enter too :-). In the meantime, enjoy Michelle’s entry today and Joanna Grant’s tomorrow … There truly is some amazing/astonishing/artastic work out there!
Wednesday 15th Oct Michelle Reynolds http://shellsinthebush.blogspot.com.au/
Thursday 16th Oct Joanna Grant http://joannabananadesignoriginals.blogspot.com
Friday 17th Oct Jacques Williamos https://theelevatorpress.wordpress.com/
Saturday 18th Oct Linda Stokes http://www.lindastokes-textileartist.com/
Sunday 19th Oct Phillippa Montier http://pipart71.weebly.com
Monday 20th Oct Lauri Crowe http://www.laurijeancrowe.com
Tuesday 21st Oct Gail Schmidt http://www.shabbycottagestudio.net
Wednesday 22nd Oct Tami Sturm Howes Www.thisandthatfromtami.blogspot.com

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Cockatiel

Art, Birds, commission, flowers, gelliplate, leaves, life, monoprinting, Printing, watercolour

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Today’s gelliprint was worked in subdued lighting and with a limited palette of colours as I await the delivery of new paints – Golden Open Acrylics – should be here tomorrow.

The evenings are getting darker at around 7:15pm.  Working in synthetic light can have its surprises when you step outside into the natural light – the colours can appear very different to what you envisaged!

Again, I sketched out a bird and cut three masks from the sketch to block out any paint on the gelli.  There’s a bit more to do on the final print, but the chrysanthemums and their leaves were quite pleasing for a first pull off the plate.  I’ll add a bit more colour when it’s daylight and may even print more chrysanthemums on the background. 🙂

Practising calligraphy with a dipping pen

Calligraphy, life, Uncategorized

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This has made my hand ache considerably. My uncle was a sign writer but I’ve found this painstakingly slow to do. I’m learning as I go and quite pleased with how this is turning out. Only taken five hours so far!

Please note, I did not write the poem, a great poem, merely used it to practise my calligraphy skills and have posted it here as it will be including some printing technique (watch for the illustrations) 🙂

Daily Post photo prompt ‘Textures’ and ‘Art-Drop-Day’

Litho, Mono printing, nature, Printing, Printing, life, Screen printing, Textures, Uncategorized

There are two links to share with you today: one is http://mrjakeparker.com/art-drop-day
I think this is a fabulous idea having taken part in the Be Creative ATC mystery card drop. Although I never knew what happened to my card, some others from the group had their ones found and recorded on Myfanwy’s special page. Some left ATC (artist trading cards) in very public places including inside craft books at a book store. I’d like to take part in the art-drop-day by leaving one of my limited edition prints somewhere to be found. As bloggers who have been reading this new blog know, I am passionate about printing and enjoy working with lino and textures and drawing into the ink on my gelli-plate :-). I hope you’re enjoying what you see so far on this blog; I will be exploring on here the other types of printing plates including woodblock printing, rubber stamping, intaglio, polyprinting and presenting you with some simple stencil outlines so you can have a go yourself! 🙂

This brings me on to the Daily Post prompt for this week, Textures:

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/texture/

My OH has promised he will make me an A3 screen printing frame for my workshop. In the meantime, here is my contribution for this prompt illustrated in a series of photographs of preliminary works of pencil sharpening, a litho print I did a while ago of an apple and the layering involved on my A2 screen print to illustrate decomposition:

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There is a raised surface left by the crayon and I love how the curves left from the sharpenings contrast with the smooth lines of the sharpener.

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20140809-082521-30321600.jpg The lightest colour is applied first on a screen print. I am just going to show you the first and final result.

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