Saturday, 14 March 2015

messy texture printing for kids

I did some messy texture printing with my son, who is 3, and at work with a group learning family crafts.

I put a tablecloth down (on a coffee table in my house) and chose some textured items like bubble wrap, a toothbrush, sandpaper, cling film and foil crumpled up, lego blocks and sticklebrick piece, a toy car with tread marks on the wheels, wool, string, a cotton reel, corrugated cardboard and a brush, sponge dabber and roller.

I put out some acrylic paints and let my son play about by dabbing the textured things in the paint and stamping them on the paper. He enjoyed it.

Here's when the adult community group learning family crafts had a go at the same activity:

They also enjoyed it!

This activity is more for "process" than product. It's a nice way for children to experiment with making marks and finding out about different textures. However if you want to make it into something, we chopped up my son's one and made part of it into a birthday card...

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Hello Print Studio in Margate

Last weekend I visited Hello Print Studio in Margate.

It's run by Nick Morley and Emrys Plant. Nick, who is also sometimes known as linocutboy, showed me around the space... (He doesn't usually have a lamp attached to his head).

Hello Print Studio is part of Resort Studios, a space for creative people to work and share their work with the public through workshops, talks and exhibitions. Resort Studios was founded in 2013 with a vision of encouraging "experimentation and collaboration in an inspiring and professional environment" (

The print studio is a light, high-ceiling'd space with equipment for screenprinting, etching and relief printing.

When I visited they were getting ready to run a Gocco printing workshop.

I liked the small individual studios within the print studio, made of a collage of wood, glass and pieces of stained-glass windows and doors. Wouldn't it be inspiring to work in one of these?

It was impressive to see the hard work and vision that has gone into starting such a venture. The people and the space bring an exciting creative energy to Margate.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Open cueB 2015

I am taking part in an exhibition in Brockley, South-East London, from tomorrow, the 13th February. The exhibition is Open cueB 2015, and I will be exhibiting this picture, "Drift I", which I made last year:

The exhibition will be open from 13th February to 15th March 2015, at: cueB Gallery, 325 Brockley Road, London SE4 2QZ,

Friday, 19 December 2014

box set 2014

I was happy to take part recently in the East London Printmakers' Box Set 2014 - where 30 or so members each make about 40 limited edition prints then distribute them in boxes and each have a set of prints by each artist who took part. There are no constraints of medium (as long as it's print) or subject, only the size of the paper - about 30 x 30 cm.

I took part in a half-studio and half-handmade printing way - I exposed a screen with images for my screen print in the studio, as I don't have an exposure unit at home, but then printed it at home using the screen in some clamps I had previously fixed onto a wallpaper pasting table...

One of the images I had taken to the studio (my print had 4 layers) didn't expose properly, so I did have to make that design by hand on the screen as well - painting it with drawing fluid and screen filler.

I don't usually print 40 pictures at a time, and I don't have a drying rack, so to dry the prints looked like this:

Every surface in my living room was covered with prints. I had to keep the cats and my son out of the area for the duration of the printing session!


...and prints...

...and more prints...

This is what the completed print looks like... I call it 'Green Birds.'

Friday, 31 October 2014

lino prints and stencil prints

In the last 2 weeks, in the fabric printing community class I teach, the students have been making lino prints...

and stencil prints...

Sunday, 5 October 2014

potato prints

Students in a fabric printing class I'm teaching started the term by making potato prints last week...

...these prints were made on paper with fabric ink (it's cheaper to experiment on paper than fabric), but potato prints can make effective block prints on fabric.