The second layer of my bee has been printed. The colour of this layer is very close to that of the first. This is because I want to add some depth to the image later on.
The second cut of my latest Lino print is done (but not yet printed). The yellow from the first layer will show through in all the newly cut spots. The white voids from the first print will stay white — so long as I line everything up properly!
The panto scenery is finally finished. It was stumped initially on how to finish the ballroom cloth. The answer when I think about it was obvious, so obvious it took me until the day before the show goes up to work it out! Aball with a famous midnight finish should have a NIGHT sky (with glitter).
As you can see I have plenty of glitter.
I also finished off some of the prop houses for the panto village and part of Hardup Hall (Cinderellas) house. All I need now is the director to sign off on everything and I can try say “its behind you ” with pleasure as an audience member on Saturday.
This little bird is a combination of a very simple mono print and a dry point etching. Because of the mono print, the colour underneath is bird is the same, and yet very different.
First I placed a plate of toughened glass over the etching and painted a yellow bird shape.
Then I ran it through the press.
Then the prints went for a bath to make the paper wet for the etch print.
The final image is small and simple, but effective.
On Sunday I finally found the time to start printing a bee!
The first layer always looks very strange, lots of random lines and voids. But I promise there is method to the madness and the lines are not random at all. Only 8-10 layers to go.
The pantomime is only 4 days away and I thought I had better finish the bits of the set I am painting before the director has a nervous break down!
It’s quite hard to see in the photo, but the entire coach is coated with supper fine glitter to give it magic and sparkle.