Redbubble Shop and … Hares :-)

Animals, Art, Carving, Hares, Lino, nature, Printing, Textures

Hi there.  Hope you’re all well.  Haven’t posted on WordPress for a while but I’m still adding to my portfolio of work.

Yesterday saw the launch of a range of my art on a variety of products from mugs and phone cases to leggings and greeting cards!  Why not take a look and see if there’s something there for you – perhaps a unique throw cushion or a scarf.  I will be uploading a few more images over the next few days, but it’s so nice to think that others will be able to enjoy some lovely creations I made with lino, on the gelliplate and while doodling highly patterned nature designs.

Best wishes to you all xx

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The above print on recycled fabric was created by cutting an image in industrial lino (I had some offcuts) and then printing a texture using corn on the cob.  Sweet corn is fun to use as it makes a perfect shape for rolling in the ink without getting too messy!  I turned the design into a cushion cover with ties down the right hand side using small pieces of ribbon 🙂

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Birds on Gelliprint

Art, Birds, gelliplate, leaves, Mono printing, nature, nature, Printing, Textures, watercolour

Another bird Gelli to add to the collection with textures produced from leaves, scrunched up paper and layering of watercolours

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The difference with this bird study and the others is that this time, I didn’t mask out the bird shapes first, but became inspired by the shapes I saw in the print when I pulled it off the plate.
You can see from this image (of a cat brooch I made and set against the background print) that there appears to be a bird shape appearing.

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Similarly, where the hummingbird is, there was also an outline (but I didn’t have a photo of that stage to show!).

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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Leaves for autumn

Mono printing, nature, press, Printing, life, Textures, Uncategorized

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Despite the downpours this morning, I managed to collect several different shaped leaves to creat different effects on the print.

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I particularly like this one, which has texture to it now the paint’s dried

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I’m going to experiment with metal textures tomorrow, so please come back soon and check out the results 🙂

card ‘intaglio’ printing

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Just for fun, I used some picture board card, drew out a basic outline of some woodland trees and a rabbit sitting on a swing at night.

If you’d like to try this yourself, simply score around the outline edge and peel off the top coloured layer of the picture board.

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as you can see by this photograph, the creamy white layer is now showing as I peeled off the red.

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I then rollered the block printing ink onto the surface and it caught some of the creamy backing.  If you don’t want this texture to appear, you will need to peel more of the underneath away.  I applied a wash of coffee to the trees and Beryl fibre tip pens for the other colours.

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As this was the first print pull, I will adjust the background colours between the trees so that there is more blue showing.

DIY rubber stamp

Birds, Mono printing, nature, Photography, Printing, Textures, Uncategorized

Ok, so you want to make a rubber stamp, maybe for a logo or a letter head that you can use over and over again…where do you start?

1- buy a large rubber or look in your own stationery drawer
I bought this one in a superstore where I usually get my groceries

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2 – decide on a simple image such as this seagull I drew from a photograph I took yesterday in Dartmouth. Sketch it out on the surface with a permanent pen (you may need to draw it in pencil first … I didn’t – see below why this may be a good idea!)

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3 – once you are happy with the design you can then go over the outlines in pen. Remember everything you cut away will not get any ink on it so if you want texture leave areas uncut.

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As you can see from the above, I’ve added the initial ‘J’. If you do decide to put any lettering on your stamp make sure you do it in reverse or it will print backwards like mine did! Ha ha ha! Ooops!

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4 – you may or may not need to cut more away from the rubber, depending on how the initial print comes out. Also, depending on the shape and style of the eraser, you may have to ‘roll’ the rubber while still retaining its print position on the paper. My eraser is rounded at the edges, so to make sure my gull image came out fully, I had to roll it from side to side while applying pressure.

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5 – finally add any special touches to your print. This one was the rubber stamp applied to a gelliplate monoprint of leaves. I also added pieces cut from another monoprint where I used a small pepper and some shells pressed into the ink. Finally, I applied a little white on the bird to bring out the features (note the difference between this bird against a blue/green leaf background and the gull on a pale background, where I didn’t apply any white)

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A productive day … and fun in the auction house

life, Printing, Textures, Uncategorized

Today I went to auction again, this time because my son was selling some boxed Star Wars figures and needed some funds for uni.  It was interesting because of the range of Lots in the auction rooms and there was an eclectic mix of people bidding.  Hard to tell, how much the figures were going to go for, yet there were boxed collector cars, stamp collections, boxes of postcards and children’s toys also on offer.  I found a tall draw chest that I had plans to bid on which had an estimate of £10 on the lower end of bidding.  It started a lot higher, so I opted for a desk that would provide me with more working space. When I’d won the bid  I watched with amusement as the auctioneer cocked his head to read my bidding number card, which I hadn’t realised I was holding upside down!  Last time I went there (my first auction visit in twenty-four years, he winked at me when I won the bid for the cast iron press – clearly seeing how delighted I was!).

When we returned home after a successful sale, my son helped me move the furniture and my cast iron printing press into the newly decorated shed that my OH has been working on while I’ve been working in the city.

I picked up a bargain table/desk with shallow drawer for under £30 and now have somewhere to store my papers flat and keep them dry (a complete contrast to when they were in the covered yard which had a leaky roof!).

These are some of the images I took from the day, including some gelliplate nature printing and the discovery of the remains of a wasps’ nest inside one of the drawers in the yard (which I thought looked a bit like a little rose)

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Walk like a dinosaur …

Animals, life, Lino, Mono printing, nature, Printing, Uncategorized

Dinosaurs have been the topic of conversation today … and Scooby Doo! A colleague leaving work today is off to celebrate her birthday in the next few days and we stumbled upon dinosaurs as she was browsing through my sketchbook (I was doodling Betty Boo during my lunchbreak while sipping a tomato soup) and she asked if I drew dinosaurs. Well I thought, I’ll give it a go, but I went a step further and made a lino print for her 🙂

Now, I know not everyone has their own printing press, so I thought you might like to get your own hands covered in black ink and have a go at your own monoprints or lino cuts using things lying around your house that won’t cost too much. For example, you may have had linoleum put in the kitchen or bathroom. If you have offcuts from this, you could make a start on a lino cut. Over the next week or so, I’ll post some simple patterns which you could use to get you started, but I’m sure you could also find inspiration like I have done from objects found nearby as we are surrounded by shapes and patterns in fabrics, crockery, picture frames and so on that provide fantastic basis for designing.

On this occasion, I’ve used a terracotta piece of lino that came in a pack. This tends to crumble and creates powder, which means more clearing up compared to the white soft lino I’ve shown you with the gnome, dandelion and the houses in earlier posts.

As it’s dark outside and my side yard workshop doesn’t have electricity, I’ve done the prints indoors using a rolling pin (chased by my kitten) to press down on the gelli-plate or lino against the paper to create impressions and prints. Meanwhile, my husband has been busy working on my proper workshop space – transforming a garden shed (I’m so excited and he couldn’t wait to show my what he’d done while I was at work).

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This is the sketched outline of my dinosaur, a stegosaurus 🙂

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Cutting the lino using lino tools (which aren’t that expensive to buy). I used the same gauged tool throughout, but if I were creating an even bigger print, I would interchange the heads according to how much I planned to cut away.

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I then played around with various acrylic colours on my gelliplate and added a few dandelions to provide a bit of texture.

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Next I made several prints just using the dinosaur lino cut before putting the lino over a monoprint created from a gelliplate

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All I’m going to add now is go and have fun. Try different textures and templates out and see what results you get. Some results may surprise you; some you might not like and some, I can assure you, you will love 🙂