Saturday, 25 February 2017

Next Step.

 I decided that it just wasn't going to work using the stamp that included all the elements, so I carved a separate stamp for all the green parts, that is the leaves and stems. I had tried to mask off either the flowers or the green bits, but I just couldn't get it all to line up correctly. Here I'm using the reverse of an old stamp, so the old glue marks are visible,
                            Now I have all the  elements of the image lined up ready to try out.
Much better, although still not quite the perfect alignment, but I'm not really striving for perfection, so a bit of obvious 'hand crafted' doesn't worry me at all. Next I'll try it all on some 'good' printing paper, perhaps something off white or yellow. I'm still using the test stamp pads here, so the next step will be to use printing ink on the 'good' paper.

Friday, 24 February 2017

A New Challenge.

 Having always cut stamps to use with one colour, or painted each component separately, I decided to try a new challenge. The nasturtium stamp is one that I carved a long time ago, but I decided to try out a new technique using it today. I stamped it out and then traced a copy of it onto Soft Cut.
 Here I've carved away all the insides of the various elements and now the tricky bit, to cut away all the rubber around the different parts, just trying to leave a narrow outline.
 Only one problem that I can see, a bit of the stem leading to the biggest flower is missing, but it shouldn't matter in the scheme of things.
 Here are all the components, the outline, the old stamp and the separate flowers. Of course I'll have to mask off the flowers when I stamp the leaves and stems.
     A first effort which is not at all well lined up, accurate registration is a bit difficult I've found.
                                 Tomorrow I need to work out a way of lining it all up properly.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Oldie bu Goodie.

Whilst looking for something else today I came across this piece of artwork that I had forgotten all about. It was created by dropping paint of various colours onto black paper, then pressing another piece on top and squashing the paint blobs between the 2 papers.  I used some metallic paints as well as some that were iridescent. Pulling them apart makes the coral like shapes.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Autumn is Approaching.

While out in the country these past few days I was so happy to see the wild blackberries starting to ripen. This dragonfly was trying to warm up its wings in the early morning sunshine on a couple of the ripest berries. It was too cold to fly away, so I managed to pick the blackberries from underneath it.

Friday, 17 February 2017


      I just loved the subtle colours in this onion seed head, the mauves, pinks and greenish whites.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

New Stamp.

Here is my latest stamp, featuring a species of Eucalypt that has small seed capsules coming off a main stem. The paper I used is actually white, but to add texture and interest I sprayed some copper coloured paint onto it before using the stamp. Unfortunately, once again the finer details such as leaf veins and the texture of the capsules are not very clear as I applied the ink very heavily and those details clog up too quickly. I might have to work over the stamp making those details more prominent.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

By the Book.

A lovely new exhibition at the Firestation Print Studio in Armadale Melbourne.
                             My little mud painted and stamped book is at the front left in this photo.
 Not only are the books beautifully made and printed, but some of the ideas expressed and the format that the books take are just so innovative and interesting.
                                  It's a really worthwhile exhibition to visit if you are able to.

Saturday, 11 February 2017


 I went ahead and made two new screens from my stamps, altering each one to fit the postcard sized format. I'm thinking now that it would have been better to make them even smaller to allow for a little bit more space at the sides. Oh, well, it's all a learning experience of course.
Next I tried a sun print of the stamped designs, first making an acetate positive on the computer. Maybe it would have been better to make a negative on the screen to create a positive on the paper.
                                                            More experimentation!