Sixty Four Squares – The beginning

For this piece I have planned the colour layout in my art journal. To the side I am putting the colours I am actually using for the painting.

As you can see, painting does not need to cost a lot. Here I’m using an old printed canvas I bought from a charity shop! I don’t know why I started with green, it just took my fancy, if you want to paint, just enjoy it, there are no rules!

Next, blue 🙂

Next, red. If you look carefully you can see I where I put it in the wrong place. with a canvas or board, just wipe it off while it’s still wet. If it’s dried, paint over it. Don’t discard the painting because of a mistake, the layering of paint adds something to the finished piece! 🙂

 

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32 Triangles

Here is my main piece for Turn The Page artists book Fair. It was inspired by my painting I have now called ’32 Triangles’.

A limited edition of 32 Tulip fold books, each containing a miniature signed print  of the original painting. (12 displayed at one time)

In the humidity of the exhibition the books opened slightly and showed their content.

A wonderful time was had by all at the exhibition which was held in the Forum, Norwich. 

Enjoying the process of print

Sometimes I find it hard to just relax into the process of art. I’m always thinking about what I should be doing! I had a lovely time going through the natural process of producing the things below. I actually relaxed a little and enjoyed the process of printing and developing the colours as I went along.

I had some vintage hankies that someone bought for me ages ago so I started with those and a partly used ink pad that I’d kept in some plastic. I added little of a different colour as I printed.P1380566Hankies
Voila, finished hankies 🙂P1380558As I work, I have paper round the edge of the fabric to minimalise the chances of getting wet ink in my print table. I move it around so that my paper is covered with surface pattern.

I then selected the areas of pattern I liked to produce some greetings cards. (I put the card through the printed for the wording)P1380556 I have just bought myself a tag punch, so now I can use even smaller pieces of my patterned paper to make tags.TagsI do love this way of working, it’s so satisfying! 🙂

New Lino Cut for Repeat Pattern

I have been a little more ambitious with this block as I wanted it to be in keeping with the drawings I’ve been doing. This is my design and as you can see I’ve traced it through with carbon paper.New block 1 I used a tiny spray of spray mount to keep everything in place while I was tracing and what I discovered was, the spray mount on the lino acted as a fixative for the carbon tracing and so didn’t rub off while cutting the block!New block 2 New block 3 A little practice in technique is needed for the alignment of the block..New block 4…but a few pencil lines drawn on the side works wonders!5New block 4 As my regular viewers know, I’m a keen recycler and so the base for this print is a vintage sheet. 🙂New block 5

Painting and Wall Art

I’m having an Open Studio in a months time for people who like to plan their Christmas early, so some of my thoughts are directed to this. I’ve bought a super sized canvas for a planned centre piece for the exhibition. I’m looking forward to doing that, because I’ve been thinking a lot about the selling side of my work and I need a rest from it.Canvas Although I have produced these pieces of wall art to colour in, which I’m really pleased with. They had their first exposure yesterday and I sold one. Hurrah!Wall ArtI hope you like them 🙂