A Printmaking April

I have spent April going to printmaking groups – some by Bristol Print Collective, and some at the Greenbank Print Club, both of which I will definitely be going back to.

Painterly monoprinting near Bristol Marina – using caligo inks, and playing with different mark making tools, water and inks. The layers build up, adding more each time. It’s a process of playing and seeing what happens – at this stage for me it’s unpredictable and uncontrolled, which makes it all the more fun.

Botanical book making at Arnolfini – it was part of BABE (Bristol Artists Book Event) which I loved.

We made folded concertina books, using a pasta machine to apply pressure, and using dried flowers to create different textures. I added the poem using alphabet stamps later. It is so satisfying to produce a book, though what came through the pasta rollers was hard to predict and impossible to control! Photo credit of the printmaking process: Bristol Print Collective.

All that is gold does not glitter…not all those who wander are lost…  J.R.R. Tolkien

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And this is from mono printing at the Greenbank pub! The figure is from a sketch I did years ago on my Art Foundation course. The phrase is a work in progress – I want to make a print of the Loving Kindness meditation – May I be happy, may I be healthy, May I live at ease.  

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