Tree silhouettes

Art, gelliplate, leaves, life, Mono printing, nature, Printing, Textures, Uncategorized

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I did this tree silhouette this evening as the wind is howling outside. Hope it cheers everyone up.

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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. 🙂

A gelliprinted magpie

Birds, Mono printing, nature, nature, Printing, Textures

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Currently working on a series of prints for a book. Here is one of them – a magpie which I first quickly sketched in charcoal

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Then I draw a simpler shape of the magpie to mask out the paint from the gelli, ready for me to draw in the detail as shown above.

First ever gelliprint portrait

life, Mono printing, People, Printing, Storage, studio, Textures

Ok, when I learned all about the printing trade in my early teens, a gelliplate didn’t exist. We used glass panes, perspex, polystyrene, wood and metal, foam and cardboard plus the traditional carved up potato! So, I’m delighted to share this experience with you of my first ever gelliprint portrait 🙂
I prepared the gelliplate with a brayer and watercolours. Can anyone guess what object I used to provide a textured feature of the face?

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Another bit of creativity today was making up a flat-pack paper storage unit for my print studio. The room isn’t large enough for a plan chest, but I do need somewhere to store my prints and paper or card flat. This was perfect

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Preparing my next lino cut …

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

This sketch outline is of a friend’s cat – a ginger and white long-haired puddy cat that is so pretty I just wanted to capture it forever in print.

On this occasion I’m using soft white lino. I prefer it (although it’s more expensive) as it doesn’t crumble so easily and is more flexible to manipulate.

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Returning to gelliplate printing … I thought I’d show you all a couple of prints I made today which took several layers of inking from the plate to build up the print. Managed to get my twelve-year-old to have a go after I’d finished too.

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This leopard was created using a masking template of ripping up textured paper that I had previously used for another print. Some of the dotty texture transferred from the paper to the gelliplate and back to the paper again. I then added a fine outline using a brown fine liner pen just to give the cat a bit of an outline.

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This is a print from the textured paper which was applied to the plate after it had been inked up, then removed. The impression left in the gelliplate then transferred over to the paper.