Thursday, 30 September 2010

Ship ahoy!

hello again...yes, i've done another print. this time it is a copper-plate etching.

it is entitled 'Airfix Wasa' and is based on a 17th century Swedish galleon. I came across a really old Airfix model of it in a car-boot sale and felt inspired to turn it into a print!

more info on the actual vessel is here, if you are interested.

the print is an edition of 50, and is for sale in my folksy shop.



Monday, 27 September 2010


right, another new linocut done. its the one i used for my 'rolf harris' demonstration.

the image is of some stargazer lilies. i'm not normally one for flowers, but was somewhat drawn to them due to their shapes and angles.

the print is now in my Folksy shop

Stargazer Lilies



Friday, 24 September 2010

Craft Candy interview

hello. i was recently interviews by the folks at Craft Candy (the Sheffield Craft collective of which i'm a member) and the results are on their blog. have a look if you like!



Saturday, 18 September 2010

my friend elodie's blog..

yes, i'd like to let you know about my friend elodie's splendid blog..she makes comic books and creates very unique and funny illustrations (as well as crafting great homewares)...

she's also designing the next Craft Candy fair posters....


Tuesday, 7 September 2010

flowers linocut - process


i created a new linocut today. i thought it might be of interest to show work-in-progress (if you pardon the rather rolf harris-ness of it all).

1. so after i've traced the image onto the lino with a pencil, i start digging away with the lino-tools, trying not to gouge my hands, as does happen...

2. still digging, nearly there!

3. inking up the plate (with a roller). gives me a bit more of an idea how the print will look. its a bit hard to imagine what you'll 'get' before this step (although you could ink up the plate before digging, note to self)

4. test print. i always do a test print with black ink, so i can focus on the image, not the colour.  so, all i need to do now is make a few final adjustments, choose my print colour, print my edition, and stick it it the shop! i print normally with a small flatbed press, or occasionally with the help of a pudding spoon.

there we go...

Thursday, 2 September 2010

My plates...


I took a pic recently of a load of my linocut plates whilst having a tidy-up....They look kind-of funny all lined up, a bit like they've just been dug up, or something...(excuse the fruit bowl, and my son's artwork)...