To celebrate the start of our new blog
we’ve got some pretty (and useful)
offers for the summer.
Three cards (Blank inside) selected for summer.
These three cards have been selected for their summer or seaside theme and are blank inside for your own message.
Each one comes wrapped with a natural brown envelops made from recycled material.
100% cotton tote bag hand-printed with summer designs PLUS three summer themed cards. Card are blank for you own message.
BAG ONE – FRONT AND REVERSE (SHOWN WITH THE THREE CARDS INCLUDED IN OFFER).
The tote bags are made from 100% cotton and may be machine washed at 40 degrees.
TOTE BAG TWO
TOTE BAG DESIGN TWO
TOTE BAGS DESIGN THREE
A friend suggested putting my new lino cut designs on tote bags.
If you have seen my previous post you will already know about them.
They are all hand printed using Hawthorne relief printing inks rolled on a design hand cut by me.
(There is a short video of me in the workshop making them).
Well, here they are; the first trial prints of the four designs, and for a very reasonable price! :)
One has been test-driven today, and it passed with flying colours.
I found the good thing about these is they fold easily into a hand bag; they hold quite a bit of shopping or folders (art work in my case) and, being cotton, they are a natural product.
So much better than the ubiquitous plastic carrier.
Here they are on wix to buy directly from me. X
Do you remember the square prints I posted about recently?
Well, this is what I did with them next.
First off, the ink printed from the previous session was set and washed.
(Sounds like a hairstyle my Nan used to have). :)
Being pleased with how the calico took the oil-based relief printing ink, I bought in some blank tote bags and cut a fresh design based on another few words I really like; this time from the Beatles song,
Tomorrow Never Knows
‘But listen to the colour of your dreams
It is not leaving, it is not leaving’
Do we dream in colour? I think so.
Liking the ‘not black’ colour of the ink, the same colour (with the occasional tiny tweak) has been used for each design.
Want to see more?
Here’s a short You Tube video :)
Oh, and if you want to buy one, here we go, the web site.
I was asked to make an introduction video
by a new host.
Don’t worry, I’ve kept it short and put in lots of pretty pictures and sounds. :)
Using Hawthorne relief printing inks, I took three new lino cuts and printed them onto calico.
First I needed to wash the material to remove the coating, which is designed to keep the material stiff.
I noticed that despite machine washing at a 30 degree C, the calico also changed shape a little, so it is wise to wash prior to printing for this reason alone.
These are the two lino cuts which I think have already been posted about.
The fish lino was finished cutting at 11:45 Tuesday night ready for the Wednesday workshop session.
Why do things always seem to be left until the last minute?
I really enjoy the lightly softer edges on the lines when printed on calico and the way the weave is just apparent when viewed closely.
The next thing is to iron the reverse of the material to help set the ink.
Then, I am going to put them through the washing machine (gulp)!
Have a feeling I will be gritting my teeth for the full washing cycle!
For International Women’s Day
The designing, cutting and proof printing of a lino cut.
Inspirational words with turn of the century images.
It’s a new month and a new theme for the Twitter daily challenge.
This month is #animalmarch
and it’s proving to be a favourite.
Tilly with one of her show collection
Stray cat – good mouser
There is a danger that I will post mainly our dog, Tilly, (and Twitter has been warned),
but also trying to get a bit wild while I’m at it.
It was after some friends and I were chatting about how self-belief and a positive mind-set can strongly influence a life that I came across this quotation. It is attributed to Buddha, according to the internet, and of course we all know what you read here is all true. :)
However, I liked the words and thought they might be good woven into a decorative image.
Here is a short video showing the proof making.
“It’s funny how the beauty of art has so much more to do with the frame than the artwork itself.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Choke
Can you tell I’m happy with the new frames courtesy of Roundstone Framing, at Hilperton Marsh?
I think the happy face says it all.
I know Mike spent ages on making these look so good and I think it shows.
Thank you so much to Mike and Jan at Roundstone Framing. You have done them proud! :)
These are off to the Karina Goodman Gallery in Matlock, Derbyshire. I can’t wait to see what they look like on her walls.