You know those things that have been on your to do list since time began?
Well one of mine was to have a go at kitchen litho, since I found an article on it at university. That was some time ago now!
I finally had a go at it , and its amazing ! I will post a more in depth blog on it once i have practised it a bit more myself, but you can find information on it if you search kitchen lithography or something similar. It, compared to lithography in a studio , is a much faster , nontoxic way of getting drawing-like prints at home. Your print run would be small but it’s so exciting to be able to do it at home.
Here are some pics of my first go…
The plate made of aluminium foil taped tightly and carefully to a piece of perspex, next to my first print from it.
Three prints, it started getting ink on the rest of the plate after this not sure why, more experimenting needed.
I drew onto the tin foil with soft graphite, 8b and above. This was a quick sketch of a Dandelion.
Any questions please ask
It was my birthday recently, and I happened to see this little desktop printing press that I had had my eye on for a while, was on sale, so birthday pressie for myself I bought it .
I have had a few goes on it trying different plates, it has its own way of printing which I need to master, but it’s looking promising for much fun in the future 😁
Fixing it to my desk …
A bit of rumaging around in the garage for some bits that would make suitable brackets and bolts to attach it.
One of the first prints with it, from a collograph plate , a pretty good impression !
So its the end of winter , waiting for spring in our new home and garden that has an apple tree down the bottom , which has probably been there as long as the house, on a day when the weather looked chanagable I went out with some big sheets of paper and had a go at drawing the Apple tree, trying to draw loosely , but building up the texture and areas of detail , did a couple of drawings this way happy with them but not sure any of them are perfect.
I will just have to keep drawing trees !
It would be great to hear what you think of them !
Thanks for looking
This was a bit of a cheat , i had missed loads of days so i divided up my page and did loads of little sketches of british birds, cus I love em!
It was Shakespeares 400th anniversary of his birth the other day , and i was watching the RSC programme on the bbc , they had extracts from shakespear , opera and dance which these very loose sketches was my attempt to capture a dance between othello and desdemona, big heavy marks for othello and more fluid delicate marks for desdemona.
I watched `Attenborough’s Paradise Birds` on the iplayer back in february, which inspired me to watch it back and try and sketch the amazing birds he showed on it , here are some of them. The crazy shapes that these birds have evolved into and the colours are just amazing , so colourful compared to British wildlife, not sure where these sketches will go..
I was thinking maybe a large scale painting focusing on the colours and movement of the birds…
For great clips of birds of paradise there is a great you tube channel here.
Thanks for looking, any comments or ideas would be great !
Here we are again! Another month down on my sketch a day project. January was a mixed bag of drawings. I started the month really energised, but that slowly trickled away till my sketch a day was happening in fits and starts, but I was happy with the earlier sketches from the month. which these are some .
Febuary so far has been very bird themed, I was inspired by a programme on the birds of paradise! So that will be next months 😉
Thanks for looking
I made December all about portraits as it is a people time of year. I did not sketch as many different people as I imagined , my husband was sketched quite a few times, but then he is in my life a lot so it makes sense looking back.
From focusing on portraits, it was easier to decide what to draw day to day, and it did help to make me feel more confident, having that practice. I was thinking more about how to draw what I was looking at, than what to draw in the first place.
So I think I would put a theme on another month, it was a help not a hinder.
Now into the new year and new Sketchbook !
good sketching to you
It has been a busy and emotional kind of month. and I will admit that i have missed a few days (9 to be precise!) sketching this month, and sometimes it has felt like a chore. (which is worrying as i have only been doing it 3 months and have another 9 month ahead of me!)
BUT , this month (December) it is my aim to be consistent and put more effort into my sketches, to get myself back on track .
I am going to try to gather some different materials to try drawing with , and maybe think about choosing a theme for this month, like just focus on people and portraits, as it is a family time of year for me.
As always thanks for looking and reading , and good luck in any projects you have going on!
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