Didn’t get as far as I wanted. Each tree takes about 15 minutes. But here’s my Print Day in May rubber stamp print. I am from Western Australia, and these amazing trees are everywhere (as are the snakes)/ They (the trees) take hundreds of years to grow.
My friend Ruth Lathean is also a member of the Artist Society of Canberra Fun With Printmaking Workgroup and has just sent me images of some prints she did for Print Day in May. Originally I was going to register us as a group, but many of us had already registered separately for this year so I didn’t, but Ruth wasn’t registered in time. Ruth has spent weeks and weeks cutting 3 separate lino cuts to create her multi coloured prints, which are very apt for this time of year as it is a colourful autumn here on Canberra. The were printed on a printing press. I hope no one minds me sharing her work under my blog and we will make sure we have a group registration for our printmaking workgroup next year. Ruth is a talented artist and also a well travelled photographer who publishes her own books. Here are Ruth’s prints – hope you like them. Cheers.
I am a member of the Artists Society of Canberra Fun With Printmaking Workgroup and today I started my printing rather late in the day as I had to attend an open day at M16 Artspace in Canberra, which is where our printmaking group meets.
I didn’t get underway until about 4.30 pm and started out by hand pulling some small lino cuts in different colours, then did one lino print of a larger size. After that I couldn’t help but get stuck into playing with my gelli plate. During the last week I had scoured junk shops looking for items I could use with the gelli plate and came home with a load of rubbish, and I was dying to test out what I’d found. Amazing how being an printmaker or mixed media artist turns us all into hoarders and rubbish collectors – we end up scouring the streets for trash – bits of metal, twine, anything we can use to make a picture or a print. Anyway, things didn’t go as well as I hoped, probably because I was short of time and rushing to get stuff done, but I still had fun, as always. Love lino cuts and love my gelli plate! Following are a few of the images I printed. I would have put more, but am having some trouble uploading them, so these will have to do.
The blue images were all made using the gelli plate, hand pulled using Speedball water based ink.
This lino print was printed over the top of another lino print. Under print was Speedball inks, overprint was hand pulled using Dervan black block ink. Had to use plenty of ink as it was on a textured paper and the under print made it had to get a good print using just hand pressure.
This is the same lino cut, which I finished carving this week. I like to do tangles and I decided to do a tangle on a piece of lino and then carve it. The was hand pulled using the Speedball inks. The tree lino cuts were printed over the top of some ghost prints.
I printed the lino print in a few colours to see what it looked like, and tried some different types of papers too. It is much harder to print onto thicker and textured paper – I prefer to use the thinner Japanese printing papers for doing hand pulled prints.
I did this lino cut quite a while ago, but had never done many prints from it, so today I dragged it out and did one, plus a ghost print. It is called “Transformation” and is part of a series relating to how our planet and all life on it is transformed by the action of sunlight and water.
Some of the ghost prints (above) also turned out OK, I even prefer some of them to the originals.
Well that’s it for me for Print Day in May. Cheers from Canberra Australia.