Thursday, 13 April 2017

Coffee Lovers

My second new screen print of 2017 is Coffee Lovers & it also features new colour combinations & multiple gradients! It was difficult getting the gradient for the background right as I wanted to use red but didn't want it to turn out too pink. After a few failed attempts I managed to mix the right shades of red for the background & the coffee pot. The four layers of different colours were even harder to register than the foxes screen print. It was a bit of a shock when I eventually realised I needed to wear my reading glasses.


My first new screen print of 2017 is called Soulmates & features a pair of patterned foxes. I wanted to try new colour combinations & I also wanted to use multiple gradients to give the image some depth. First I screen printed different shades of green for the background.

Then for the foxes I screen printed a gradient which changed from orange to red. The final gradient was mainly for the darker outline & it went from red to deep red. The gradients were not hard to print but registering the different colours with so little margin for error was hard. In the end I only had an edition of 25 & now regret not printing more.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Sheffield Print Fair 2016

It's that time of the year again so this Saturday I'll be exhibiting my limited edition screen prints and other work at Sheffield Print Fair. I'm also giving a screen print demonstration so have alot to prepare! Looking forward to catching up with a few of my favourite printmakers and of course sampling the lovely cake at St Mary's Church.

Festive Felines, Birds, Bells & Baubles

The last few months have been very busy so I'm very glad I was organised this year and printed new Christmas cards in August! It was alot of work creating a set of four new designs and screen printing them during summer but worth the effort. The original artwork was large but when reduced to A6 there were alot of small details so registering the colours was difficult. I used a different coloured metallic ink for each design and printed them onto ivory recycled card. There are only 100 of each design, just enough for me to sell some at print fairs and to supply a few of my favourite shops and galleries.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

From Sketchbook to Screen Print

Sometimes it can be a long process getting a design from my sketchbook to a finished screen print. Inspired by a coffee pot depicted on an antique Turkish tile I started working on ideas for a Middle Eastern style coffee pot print. I drew the design earlier this year but didn't manage to start the black and white artwork until summer. From there it's usually pretty straight forward; the black and white artwork is used to create a transparent positive for each colour. I then expose the positives onto screens ready for printing. I stuck to my original idea and used four colours... amazingly they turned out quite similar to the ones I used in my sketchbook! 

Wanderlust Craft Exhibition at the RBSA Gallery

I have a selection of framed and unframed screen prints and greetings cards on display in the Wanderlust craft exhibition at the RBSA Gallery in Birmingham. The exhibition features a range of designer makers who are of international origin or who explore other countries for inspiration. There's still time to see the work as the exhibition doesn't finish until September the 24th.

New Cards Published by Canns Down Press!

In July Canns Down Press published five of my screen prints as greetings cards for their new Wonderland range. It's exciting to see the finished products especially as the process was much longer than I expected. I am used to creating designs, screen printing them straight away and having finished greetings cards within a few days or weeks. 

I was initially contacted about my prints in February. Once the company had decided on which designs they wanted to consider, the next stage was for me to send them the original screen prints to be professionally scanned. I had used metallic inks for some of the designs so thought it best to reprint them. I also reprinted my Ginger Cat as I was worried the original screen prints weren't quite perfect! Tiny mistakes don't matter so much when there are only 30 or so prints, but the prospect of 4000 copies was quite daunting.

There were two versions of some of the designs so I actually sent about 9 screen prints in total. From those Canns Down Press selected five and they finally went to print in July. The finished cards are now on the Canns Down Press website in the just published section. I have even spotted some of the cards in shops and will also have them at upcoming events.