Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Excited!!

Postie arrived this morning with a beautifully written envelope...

...from the organiser of the Yorkshire & Humber EG Regional Summer School.

All the final details were enclosed...

...including a list of the 16 lovely ladies who will be in my classes...

..NEXT WEEK!!!

Apparently a number were at Stitching in the Dales last year...

...so we will be re-newing friendships...

...and it is SO nice to see familiar faces again.

I seem to be developing a bit of a "following" !! :-)

We'll be making some gorgeous books...

...and playing with print blocks, paints, fabrics, sequins, beads...

...and whatever else comes to mind or hand!

Really looking forward to it...





Sunday, 28 June 2015

At Last!! ...a brown print...and an Empress article!

Ink arrived...

...rolled onto lino block...

...printed onto soaked paper...

Ta Da!

First onto plain paper...



then onto paper that had been sprayed with Brusho.




I much preferred the second so set to work with a scissors...

....and glued the result onto some vellum card.




REALLY pleased with results...

...not too "leafy-looking" ?!





So forward march...

... with the Stretton Sugwas Sampson block :-)


And more news...

My first article for Empress Mills can be found here!!

I'm delighted to have been asked to write for them on a regular basis :-)))))

Enjoy!

x C

Friday, 26 June 2015

...in the meantime...

...while still waiting for my brown ink...

...I've been working on a couple of pages featuring the Sampson Tympanum at the church of St Mary Magdalene at Stretton Sugwas...

...where we visited the Saturday before last.





It was originally in the priory church, but was moved to this new one and installed inside.

It is a magnificent piece of stone carving - in the Hereford School style.

Here's my rendition...



...drawn using water-soluble graphite...

...then sprayed with Brusho.

I did another page but in close-up...

...ready for another lino block...



Having fun!

x C

(Hopefully I can get some printing done soon!)

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Finished..and waiting for brown ink to arrive!!

I've finished the block...

...and have to agree with yesterday's comment that the feathers may now look a bit like leaves!!






But...

...this is a learning curve...

..and we'll see how it turns out...

...when the brown printing ink turns up! :-)

Meantime, I'm doing a couple more sketchbook pages...

...on another church we visited last Saturday...

x C


Monday, 22 June 2015

The other way 'round...and going further..

I did all the necessaries to reverse my Kilpeck Angel...

...and got it transferred onto a new piece of lino.

But...

...I decided to take this one a bit further...

...and put a lot more detail in.



All the wing-feathers should look more like feathers...

...we'll have to wait and see...

x C

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Kilpeck Angel...in print!

You'll remember that I showed a few pages from my new sketchbook...

...with drawings of carvings from around the south doorway at Kilpeck.

Well...

...I decided to excavate and dust off my lino carving tools...

...and make a start on a series of print blocks to use in some mixed-media collages.

Here's how it went...

Sketchbook page scanned and cropped.



Transferred onto lino using handwriting carbon paper.




Marked over with a Sharpie ready for carving.




Taking the plunge!!




Nearly there...




Done!!




First pull.





How it compares with the sketchbook page.




And the next one will be "flipped" so that the image comes out the right way around!1 :-o



Ooooops!!


....after all these years...

...it's good to know we can STILL get things wrong!! :-)))))

x C

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

..and now to South West China!!

I've been booked to do a workshop with a group in Monmouth in October...

...so that a lovely group of ladies can have some serious fun...

...making an art book with Hmong designs :-)

So....

...I have started to make some panels...

...using my Colouricious print blocks. .....




..printed onto cotton and manipulated tissue...




When we were away in Shropshire a couple of weeks back, I got some Hmong embroidered apron straps from Textile Traders in Bishop's Castle.

I think I'm going to use this little panel in my sample book...

...it is soooo delightful!!


..

Happy Tuesday people!

x C