Thursday, 15 November 2018

Colour Variations.

 With a few hours available for printing this afternoon, I decided to work with my old collagraph plate shown  inked above. It's just a test plate, using all sorts of bits and pieces that I've had waiting for a moment to try out. Although the contrast is necessary, I don't think that the random dark patches work all that well.
                                              This one above is a simple single colour print.
 This one has a copper colour rolled over the first colour before printing and an addition of a little blue above the green.
                                              This is similar, but with a yellow added.
 A much brighter yellow this time. It looks like something seen under a microscope I think.
                                          A similar, but different blue and yellow version.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

More from Pukekura Park.

 One tiny corner of an amazing  complex of plant display houses in Pukekura Park, New Plymouth New Zealand.
                                                          A small pond with very fat fish!
                                                A view of part of the main lake in the park.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Old Wisteria Tree.

                     These pictures are of an old Wisteria Tree in Pukekura Park, New Zealand.
               I've never seen such a gnarly old truck nor such extensive limbs and flowers.
It's a pity that it isn't self supporting, so that the metal pipes and bars wouldn't be visible, but needs must of course with the weight of such an enormous spread of vegetation.

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Yet Another New Project!

 This is a Leafy Sea Dragon, a gorgeous member of the Sea Horse family. Here I've drawn out the image onto a block of soft carving block.
It was quite intricate to carve, but has turned out reasonably well. The carved block on the right and the stamped print on the left. I have an idea for a complete design, but I will need to carve another couple of Dragons and some sea weed as well.

Friday, 9 November 2018

Back to the Printing.

Although I have many more photos of my trip to New Zealand to post, I have also been adding to an old collagraph plate that didn't work particularly well the first time that I printed it. I've added a whole lot more elements to try to give some more tones to the print, as previously it was all more or less the same tone all over. It's only an exercise, so I'm not really worried about the outcome, but it will indicate what medium gives what tone. Here I've used all sorts of things, sand, cotton threads, pieces of tiny felt flowers, sandpaper cutouts, strips of stick-on fancy paper tape and the original old fashioned starch paste. The print must be interesting surely?

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Holiday in New Zealand.

 After a 10 day holiday in New Zealand I'm back trying to catch up with myself and all that I need to do at home. Above is a photo of the main lake at Pukekura Park, a gorgeous 52 hectares of public park in New Plymouth on New Zealand's North Island.
                                  I've seen sparrows and various other birds in cafes, but never ducks.
                                                       A group of ducks on the lake's edge.

Friday, 26 October 2018

Another Try.

 Although this print looks a bit odd, I think that once I add all the shades of orange and yellow of the original bracket fungus photo,  it might come up quite well.(see earlier photo)

Here I've tried the fish collagraph again, this time making more of a contrast between the fish and the background. I have lost some of the details on the fish, but it doesn't really matter.  As someone pointed out to me, the scales on a fish really aren't that clear when it's underwater anyway.It's only a test plate, so if I recreate it, I'll take the white 'bubble' area completely to the edges of the plate.

Monday, 22 October 2018

More Collagraph Plates.

 This print above is a bit of a failure, but it's interesting because I used old fashioned powdered starch mixed with water to make the marks. It turned out that the marks were too thick to print well.
This one is a better result, fine sandpaper cut with scalloped scissors, and marks made into Impasto Gel Medium.