Wednesday, March 1, 2017

B&W Block Printing Workshop at Visual Voice

On February 18th, I taught a B&W Block Printing Workshop at Visual Voice Gallery in Truro with such a wonderful group of ladies. Here are some process photos: 

Haley carving her block from a piece of Marmoleum.

Inking her block to pull a proof. 

After a few changes, she printed a limited edition of her block.

Her block, first proof, second proof and edition.

I love the experimental nature in Janet's mark-making. Below the print on the right was an early stage, what amazing texture, but compositionally it didn't quite work so she changed it by carving much of the "sky" away and now the island has a lovely glow.

In every relief class I hand out little test plates so people can get a hang of the material and decide which material they would like to use for their project for the day. I always love it when students turn those little test plates into images as well. Here a bunch of little fishes carved by Suzanne. 

To get a hang of hand printing, we pulled a proof using a barren. 

The main block is Suzanne's christmas card for 2017. (I envy her foresight. Having your Christmas cards finished in February. Amazing!) 

A quick hand-printed proof. 

Changes made and Suzanne's block is now ready to be editioned on the press.  

Registration (alignment of paper and block) in single colour printing is not crucial but it is never a bad idea to practice it now so it is not as awkward when you try printing a multi-coloured print later.

Lovely results!

If you would like to try out these fun workshops at Visual Voice Gallery in Truro, I have 3 more of them scheduled this month:

All workshops are $75 per workshop.
Limited space, Pre-registration required 902-843-9464.

Monday, February 27, 2017

2- day Monotype workshop at NSCCD

On Sunday February 12th and February 19th, I had a wonderful time teaching a Monotype workshop at the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design (NSCCD). The first day was focussed entirely on experimenting with black Akua ink only, while the second day was all about colour.
 Here are many of the student's experiments. 

Amanda enjoyed the effect that happens when pressing textile scraps into the ink, especially seams and pockets and she created an entire series of interesting prints.

Experiments with cut paper and Monotype.

Nat created some beautiful experiments with many different found materials before she honed in on a look that she enjoyed.

That red ribbon made for interesting texture. 

So many interesting experiments!

In this print Nat experiments with different size q-tips for wiping and very delicate thread.

Amazing how many monoprints can be made in one day! 

I even got to play a bit with the materials and created this one by pressing feathers into the ink and then wiping the area around them. 

During the second sessions we experimented with colour.

I love that Nat brought her own pre-cut shapes with her to start experimenting with. 

Amanda bought a few clothes at value village so she could continue her ink experiments. 

Ghostly print of a child's knit jacket.

I love how this one has almost an X-ray effect. This is Amanda experimenting with tiny infant socks. 

And Sleeves. 

These very interesting textures happened when Amanda pressed broken text book spines into the ink. 

More Children's clothes. 

I love the interesting effect that Nat created in this print.
Something magical happens where the magenta, blue, yellow ochre and black meet.

Two very carefully composed prints Nat created. the repetition in textures and patterns is beautiful, I think they go together very nicely.

My favourite thing about teaching Monotype is that you can never tell what people are going to do as the possibilities are quite endless. And it is so fun to watch a student figure out which elements they are most interested in.

The next Monotype workshop I am teaching will be at Visual Voice Fine Art in Truro on March 4th and March 31st. Please call 902-VIEWING (843-9464) to reserve your spot.