Wednesday 8 November 2023

"Exploding' Books

 I recently attended a wonderful workshop to learn how to make an exploding book. This is only one name for this technique, but it's a good one given how the book works. We were told that all the items for the book would be supplied with the exception of the prints to be used, so I just bundled up a pile of old prints in 2 different colourways, orange and green and hoped that I would have enough suitable prints to make the little book. I did and below is the result, first the front cover with the pages folded and then the book opened out.

After making the book in class I decided to use up parts of old eco printed paper to make another book, to see if I could make it without the excellent guidance of the tutor. I only made 2 small mistakes and what's more I used up a lot of those old prints.

Sunday 8 October 2023

Lots of Bottles.

 I seem to have a theme going at the moment on my Gel plate, bottles. I'm not sure what inspired this theme, but I'm having fun making various prints using the bottle masks that I made.

In this one above I added pieces of vegetation sort of inserted into the necks of the bottles, but I'm not sure if that works or not. More play needed I think!

This one above actually has 10 green bottles, quite by accident and not design, so of course it is called '10 Green Bottles'.

Wednesday 20 September 2023

Angry Bird!

This fine fellow, or Lady-Bird, was most unhappy that I appeared in the doorway to take his/her photo. Screeching loudly he/she told me in no uncertain terms to go away!!


Friday 18 August 2023

More Experiments

Using just weeds and plants in my garden, I created the above print with the tops of carrots from the vegetable garden, the leaves of thistles and the yellow flowers of the Oxalis plant. The final touches were made with tiny daisy flowers from the nature strips, more weeds. I usually press and dry vegetation before printing with it, but this time I used fresh foliage and flowers. The Oxalis flowers are very fragile, so I could only print with them once before the flowers fell off, but that was enough. The daisies too started to fall apart after 1 or 2 dabs onto the paper.

Here I went back to an earlier print of the light on water and added several different prints from fresh blades of grass. I then made a small screen of a drawing of a pier and printed that. I called this 'Lake's Edge'.

Wednesday 26 July 2023


In the picture above I was experimenting with a more painterly approach to using the gelatine plate. Applying multiple thin layers, I think that I achieved the look I was hoping for.

Another experiment, this time laying down a base colour of grey and then covering that layer with masks and printing another colour over the top. I cut the rocks out of a sticky film and then printed the green layer over the top. The vegetation prints were then applied over it everything.
Here I printed part of a perforated plastic place mat, with hand carved stamps. All in all I was very happy with my various experiments.

Sunday 11 June 2023

Mixed Media.

Usually I start a gelatine print from scratch, but with piles of prints that haven't quite made the grade, I'm having a bit of fun layering more colours and shapes over old prints.

This one was made by twisting 'art combs' into the already painted plate and then hand colouring parts of it. Too busy to add anything more I think!
This one has been sitting around for ages, originally mauve and grey with shapes of bits and pieces that I picked up in the street, I over printed it in a transparent orange and I'm much happier with it now. I may still add more, but so far so good.

Sunday 21 May 2023

New Stencils.

I really don't like to use commercial stencils, so whenever I can, I cut my own from lightweight card.
These 2 above are the latest efforts hot of the craft knife! I can't wait to try them out on the Gelatine plate!

Wednesday 10 May 2023

A Different Direction.

 With a deadline looming for artworks that feature the human form, I made a small thermofax screen featuring a female image. I printed the screen onto already existing gelatine plate prints and added a few extra marks in the case of the darker work.

It's always pleasing to find just the right background for added printmaking, especially if the prints have been put aside for quite some time, as in the case of these two. Above is 'Can't See the Wood for the Trees' and below is 'The Writing on the Wall'