Printmaking in the garden with a home made press!

I have posted a new video on my YouTube channel. I finally finished putting my pasta machine press together and thought I would try out printing from plants with it, and why not do it in the garden as it is a very mobile press!

So please check it out if interested.(Link below) I think the pasta press works remarkably well for soft thin items, like you would mono print with. The idea to mount it on its side came from Snake artist who has great fun art videos on you tube.

Monoprinting with a pasta machine

Cheers!

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Sunday afternooning

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Screen Printing on Fabric, and mono printing using a small etching press
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Simple Screen printing using paper stencil to make a repeat pattern
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Used wiping, cotton buds, and plant material, and taking a second print so sometimes got a positive and negative, when using things like plant bits.

 

I was invited to attend a little gathering at the Print co operative I recently joined, to meet with some of the other new members. Tea ,chatting and a bit of print making, jolly good Sunday afternoon I think !

Final Print Images

These are the three final prints I put up in the  my degree show

( well versions of them, they vary slightly),

these are just printed cleanly without too much added.

 I shall upload images of the slightly different versions, and hopefully with links to my etsy shop where you can purchase your very own copy!  Soooon!

Carved Upwards

Carved Upwards detail

Carved Upwards and detail

Leaning Down

Leaning Down detail

Leaning Down and detail

Oriental Plane

Oriental Plane detail

Oriental Plane and detail

Ongoing Etches

Copper plate in process, #2

Detail of proof of #2 plate

 

This is a detail of one of three (soon to be four) large copper plates ( about A2 size) that I am working on at the moment, and the first proof of it after  etching  to add more lines. they are going well if slowly!

I have tried to exaggerate the perspectives of the trees to emphasise  some of the extraordinary shapes  they make, and have been using a new process for me, sugar lift then spit biting.

Paper Bark Birch Part 2

Drypoint with spitbite on copper print 2014

Carrying on from last post, here is reworked print with a layer of tone added with the techniques of sugar lift and Spit-biting .

It is a techniques that  helps create a much more painterly mark. I was pleased with the outcome because of the range of tones I have managed to make.

As I am new to Spit biting I was working without really knowing what I would get at the end, hoping I was leaving acid on long enough, or not too long!

A productive day!

A productive day

a busy day! three small paintings from new photos (pinned to board),

and then made compositions from leaves from the autumn,

I covered  them in wax for protection and aesthetics

Larger Mossy Trunk

Larger Painting , acrylic on brown paper approx a4

mossy trunksmaller one, acrylic on brown paper, about a5

How to Solve a Problem like Persian Ironwood..

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These are two prints of the same etching, which was a drawing of a Persian Ironwood tree (Parrotia persica)  I did while at Westonbirt.
I kept seeing these trees while I was there and going up to them and wondering what they were, and soon realised most of the time the small tangled tree with reddish branches in question was Persian Ironwood.
I loved the name, sounded exotic and always sent images off in my brain of warmer places, which was nice in the snow.
I decided to draw it onto an etching plate, but the problem was all the branches! they don’t seem to grow in any ordered way at all, so i did not try to sit there and untangle the branches before my eyes, I just drew what my eyes made out from the tangle. The first print is just as it is , the second on the right I left a bit more ink on the plate, and then rubbed it off where some of the branches were.

Persian Ironwood