I’m continuing to add listings to my etsy shop, including a batch from two series of tiny monoprints I made in 2014 and 2015.
The 2014 set were all monoprints made by hand using acrylic paints on watercolour paper. These are bright and colourful and each is only about 2″ square.
The 2015 set are slightly larger and more restrained in colour. They are all made on a variety of papers including Khadi handmade, Somerset and Fabriano. Despite their size, these are quite complex with multiple passes through the press and often several separate plates.
You can find the two sets by following these links. There are still many to come, so check back later for more.
I enjoyed making these very much so I may repeat the process for 2016, perhaps making a set of ACEOs or perhaps some postcards. I’m going to be submitting some postcards to the Black Swan ‘1000 postcards’ fund raiser in Frome so I’m leaning that way at the moment.
I’ve reopened my Etsy shop selling my own work. I’m rewriting all the listings, taking advantage of the experience gained operating my other shop selling reproductions. I’m also taking the opportunity to present the prints differently, organising the work into ‘collections’ based on themes rather than subjects like landscape or abstract. It’s a bit amorphous at the moment but I intend for the structure to be fluid and always changing.
Finally I’ve also bitten the bullet and have started selling my digital prints as limited editions. I’ve always resisted this but it seems that this is what people want and expect. Whatever happens though I will not be selling reproductions this way. All the digital prints have been conceived and created digitally with the intention of producing a physical print on paper. To take advantage of the flexibility of the digital process I will generally be selling in editions of 50, of which 10 will be large format – around A3+ – and 40 slightly smaller, around A4 size. I’m not wedded to this breakdown of sizes and may change things for future prints. Once an edition has started selling I won’t make changes however.
The other thing I’m going to do is provide with each image a statement describing the image and how it came about, a note on the digital process and details of the breakdown of the edition. Each print will of course be signed and numbered.
This is a proof print from a collagraph plate made some time ago, that I have just returned to. I made it after visting the Kurt Schwitters exhibition at the Tate in London. I’ve made a couple of coloured versions, but nothing so far has worked out and I still prefer the proof! One option might be to add collage elements, but I really wanted to interpret his work, not replicate it. I think I shall add some texture to the area surrounding the two main elements in order to increase the density of ink. I will probably do that with carborundum.
I generally want to concentrate on my handpulled prints in this blog, but this digital print is one of my most popular pieces. I think it captures the bright cheerful sunny days in a similar fashion to the work of Beryl Cook and Donald McGill. I’ll be adding it to my Etsy shop soon.
As well as my own work I have a shop on Etsy selling reproductions of a wide range of graphic design, maps, comics, travel posters, advertisements etc. I’ve started playing with some of these, removing text and making freestanding pictures from them. You can see what is currently available here, while I have posted a couple of examples below.
I have already posted the ‘basic’ version of this, (here) which is available in an edition of five. This is a one-off experiment in printing over prepared paper, in this case washes of acrylic paint plus some acrylic ink. I suppose this makes it a monotype – or perhaps it is mixed media?
A collagraph print called ‘Upper Teesdale’. Part of a series of prints evoking memories of landscapes and places experienced in the past. I included many such in a show called ‘The Landscape of Memory’ that I self curated at the Black Swan Art Centre in Frome. It has not been produced as an edition, each print being treated as a monoprint.