Monday, 24 February 2014

Abstract Collagraphs

I’ll be starting a new print unit in college in a few weeks so I’ve been going back to basics and refreshing my portfolio of teaching samples
I like this Prussian blue. It reminds me of cyanotype prints

Sunday, 9 February 2014


I came across the acetates I’d made for solar printing the other day. I liked the way you could see through the clear parts to the image behind.
Starting by making some smaller inkjet prints on acetate I decided that the ink side of the print needs protecting. It is susceptible to scratching but also feels slightly sticky because of the layer of ‘stuff’ on the film that the ink sticks too.
As I started to arrange and play with the order it occurred to me that if they were thicker they might resemble the glass plate negatives that some of the original photos will have been produced on. I cannot print directly onto perspex so I have been experimenting with layering ink jet prints (on acetate) with other materials to give a more substantial feel.
Inkjet transfer print wasn’t successful onto a nonporous surface and using gel medium to stick the print to a substrate leaves drying marks, the gel is difficult to spread absolutely evenly and because it is encased between two plastic layers it doesn’t dry well. Stuck to a flexible material it also peels away, not good for a book structure
Laminating the acetate seems to be the most successful method so far. They aren’t as thick as I’d like but they will stand independently.  I think I can do something with these.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Art Swops

I took part in 'Pay It Forward' a couple of years ago and enjoyed it. I’d been playing with weaving and papercutting so I sent this book.

I came across an invitation to join in this year on Jack Oudyn’s blog

The way it works is this
I promise to make a small work of art for the first four people who comment on this post and say "YES, I want in". (A 'like' alone is not enough of a commitment, nor is a comment about thinking Pay It Forward is a great idea.)  I also make a piece for Jack.
These four in turn then post a similar entry to this (referencing Pay It Forward and my blog) and must make something for the first four people who comment and something for me
It’s bit like pyramid selling in reverse, a sort of pyramid giving. 
The rules are simple
  •  It has to be your work, this can be anything art-based
  • The recipients must receive it before 2014 ends,
Does anyone out there want to play?