I have started a new ongoing project to print my favourite birds from the UK ( possibly elsewhere) in detailed linocuts.
I wanted to challenge myself with this project, so it is technically challenging as I am also printing them as multi block prints. Which means tight registration from separate blocks of lino carved to make the other layers of colour. In this case, yellow, green and the background for example. Something which I have not done before to such a high level of accuracy, and it took a long time to get right on this first print!
As I said though it is a learning experience for me as well as the chance to make some hopefully beautiful prints. They are for sale on my Etsy site, PrintPaintDrawMake and I will be donating a portion of the price of the sale of these to my local wildlife animal charity.
I have started my next lino cut in this series and was thinking that due to lock down I would get loads done, but actually I have not made much progress on it. I have noticed that my work is in fits and starts, sometimes due to time commitments elsewhere, as I have been working from home during this time. But projects like this can’t be pushed, I find I need to be in the right frame of mind, otherwise risk ruining it.
soooo this summer holiday I have tried to finish off a few projects that have been lingering.
One of them is my book called A Magpie Rhyme , it is an artist book (which is just a hand made book by an artist) . I finally made the last few in the edition ( only 10 in it ) and I wanted to make a video about the process.
I have done both of those things so yay to me 😀 , the video is up on you tube now.
I missed out the actual printing of the linos, but I think people can understand what that might look like. Putting the video together and I forgot how many parts of the process there are!
Any way would love you to have a watch and let me know what you think,
This was me trying out printing drypoints on my press.
My drypoints are on perspex sheets , this one was of a sow thistle from the garden. I tried various combinations of leaving ink on the plate, printing with colour as I found some colour inks I thought I could use as intaglio ink ( they worked alright ), and adding a layer of chine colle. I was using rice paper for this , which I was adding ink to as well before passing through the press.
Woops! Still some practice needed to get the pressure right on my little press. I was pushing it to its limits to try to get enough pressure to stick the chine colle properly. But this was tooo much pressure !
I’m pleased with all the colours and think the chine colle does add something.
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.
Browsing through pinterest I found a linocut image that struck a cord , an image that you wish you had made.
It was by an artist called Sherrie York, whos amazing blog brush and baren , I started reading .
I discoverd a technique called masking for lino printing, which inspired me to have another look at my Two sparrows print from a few months ago , and keep adding colour to it till I was happy, as Sherrie York seems to do.
Here is it with two more layers of ink , the green needs building up to make it bolder
Check out my instagram account where I post Wip pics. @alisonsloggett
Here are some of the prints from both sides of the ocean that took part in an exchange this year , the prints were shown in cirencester in march , and the prints from the gloucestershire will be shown in manhattan in June, sadly though cant quite afford to pop over the atlantic to atttend the private view!
A great range of prints , you can see more at the tumblr site i have set up here!
Apologies for the quality of the photos, but was against the clock a bit to finish these all for them to go off to be displayed / sold ( hopefully) at BABE book Fair, taking place in Bristol , this Saturday and Sunday.
If you love hand made books and quirky unique publications then this is the place to go for a bit of retail therapy!
The photos above are a bit random, I will gather some better ones, in more detail, asap and pop them on here under the making section.