I have been doing some woodblock printing experiments on natural fabrics, using relief printing inks with the addition of a textile medium in varying strengths to make it stand the test of a gentle hand wash.
Before I produce my woodblock prints, my creative process goes through many stages. I often begin with field sketches and photos, then develop my ideas through a series of drawings and watercolour sketches. These stages help me to get to know my subject matter really well, in particular shape and form which are important elements of my finished designs. I … Read More
I’m planning to create a series of laser cut wood blocks that I can make multiple prints from. I’m basing my designs on a series of original watercolours I painted last year As I’ve said before I’m not done with my series of Jacobean patterns, the strong floral designs are ideal for creating lino or wood print blocks that I … Read More
I’m planning to create a series of acrylic paintings on wood panels. I normally paint on canvas, but have been recently painting watercolours onto prepared wood frame panels and really enjoyed it, and thought I would now use acrylics. I’m not done with my series of Jacobean patterns, I really like to explore a theme thoroughly, and constantly seem to … Read More
Saving test prints in a Japanese bound book I’ve recently been pulling a lot of test lino prints. Whilst OK, they are not good enough quality to sell or even give away, but still too pretty to chuck in the bin! So I decided to make small books from them. Making a book I collected all of my prints and … Read More
Variations on watercolour This weeks drawing board has some watercolour paintings in different formats. Top row drawing board: Notebooks – Colour swatches from latest swivel pan watercolour set. Quick daisy sketch, tall tree study, focusing on tree bark, quick rhododendron sketch – prep work for picture in next row. Middle row: Rhododendron watercolour painting, 8″ x 8″ wooden panel with … Read More