Hybrid bird

Hybrid bird

For this piece I wanted to mix different printing techniques, adding a background to the etch that would be completely original.

Before printing I mixed up all the inks I wanted with linseed oil. This makes life a lot less rushed once printing gets going and avoids paints drying out.

The mono printing process requires wet paper, so first it gets a water bath soaking.

water bath for paper.

Using a paintbrush and white spirit I painted the inks on plastic sheeting then placed it on the paper and ran the plate-ink-paper sandwich through the press.

Ink applyed to the printing plate.

I repeated this process six times to get six different images. After printing each piece of paper I placed them back in the water bath so that they didn’t dry out before the next step.

the six mono prints.

Then I used printers ink mixed with Vaseline to grind into the etching plate and put the sandwich through another roll of the press.

mono print with etching bird on top. 

Each image is different. Some of them work and some of them really don’t, but that is part of the fun.

the finished prints hanging up to dry.



Little bird

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.

Inked plate before printing.


Then I ran it through the press.

After running the plate through the press.


Little bird layer 1.

Then the prints went for a bath to make the paper wet for the etch print.

The etching plate after printing.


Finished Little bird.

The final image is small and simple, but effective.

Squiggle Doodles.

This week I finally had some time to get out into the shed and work on my art. There are now a number of pieces in the process of being printed. The inspiration for all of them were some squiggle doodles that my sister and I did last weekend. The idea of the squiggle doodle is to draw an image without lifting the pencil from the paper. Some of you may remember the squiggle heart and the Christmas tree card from last year. I wanted to add a couple of new squiggles to the collection and since it was raining most of the weekend we had a brain storming doodle session.

Here are some of the doodles that we did. If you click on an image then the slide show should come up so you can see them better. Let me know what you think. I would be interested to know which are your favourites. Hopefully, you will like the ones I chose to print! Also don’t forget only four more days of my folksy sale.