Printmaking

 

Working on a new series of prints to go on sale for the York Open Studios exhibition!

Here I am printing from a variety of different shaped and sized leaves.

If you would like to make your own leaf prints,

 

Here is what you will need:

Printing ink                              Pallet knife

Olive oil                                    A small paintbrush

Ink roller                                   Work bench

Glass surface                            White spirit

Paper towels                             Rubber Gloves

Printing press                            Paper

Drying rack                                Leaf(s)

Here is what to do:

  • Use the pallet knife to scoop out some ink onto the glass surface.
  • Pour a small amount of oil over the ink and mix well with the pallet knife.
  • The oil should have thinned the ink out slightly.
  • Apply a small amount of ink onto your leaf with the brush.
  • You may need to dab any excess ink off with a paper towel.
  • Place your paper onto the bed of the printing press with the inked leaf faced down onto the paper.
  • Lay the felt sheets over your paper.
  • Pull the print through the press.
  • When your print has come through the other side of the press, carefully lift the felt sheets and take the leaf off of your paper.
  • The ink should have transferred the details of the leaf onto the paper.
  • You may need to adjust the pressure of the press to achieved your desired print.
  • When you are ready to clean away, use the white spirit to remove the ink from the glass surface, pallet knife and brush.

 

To view my prints please visit my Prints page.

 

Happy Experimenting!

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Photography

 

 

 

Here are some of the photographs of textural matter I have been capturing and collecting since the start of the semester.

I have been incorporating my photographs into a range of different materials and processes, including cyanotype, screen printing and perspex etchings.

I will be using a number of my collected images in my degree show pieces, along with a variety of opposing disciplines.

 

Experimenting with latex

Today I am experimenting with latex.

I have used my collagraph plaques to create these latex reliefs.

 

What you will need:

Vaseline

Textural surface/Object

Latex

Latex hardener

Plastic cup

Paintbrush

 

What to do:

  • First you will need to apply a layer of vaseline to protect your textural surface and ensure that the latex can be easily removed once set.
  • Follow the instructions on the latex bottle & latex hardener and mix accordingly (usually 1 : 10).
  • Give the mixture a stir until you feel the latex stiffening.
  • Apply the latex to your surface in thin layers.
  • Wait for each layer to dry before applying the next.
  • Build to the desired thickness (I used about 4 layers).
  • When all the latex is set you can peel it way from your surface.

 

Happy Experimenting!

York Open Studios 2015 Announcement

I am pleased to announce that I will be partaking in York Open Studios 2015.

To celebrate the 14th anniversary of the Open Studios, the event will take place across two weekends in April and has an extended number of 95 exhibiting artists.

 The Open studios event is open to all members of the public and gives people a chance to see the rarity of the artists’ studio and how each artist creates their work.

From the 17th – 19th April and 25th – 26th April my work will be exhibited within the Arts Foyer of York St John University.

Weekend 1

Friday 17th April

6pm -9pm

Saturday 18th April

10am – 6pm

Sunday 19th April

11am – 5pm

Weekend 2

Saturday 25th April

10am – 6pm

Sunday 26th April

11am – 5pm

For More information visit the York Open Studios Website Here.