And on Sunday I spent the day printmaking. I signed up for the workshop with Laine Tomkinson because for ages I have been wanting to mess about with colour, and this was one way I could do it.
It was a two woman workshop that Laine gave in her studio for my friend Liz and me.
It was fab. We did intaglio printing with glue and carburundum grit, and as a break in the middle we did a monoprint.
Laine's wonderfully light studio is in a massive old lace mill in Nottingham. This is just one end of the mill.
We began the process by making a design on a board with PVA glue, and while it was still wet, liberally sprinkling it with carborundum grit, and then shaking off the excess to leave something like this :
To make sure it was dry we used a hairdryer:
Then we scraped on lashings of oil ink with an old loyalty card:
I have to tell you that I loved it so much when it looked like this that I wanted to stop right there. But Laine was teaching us to print, not paint, so I pressed on and rubbed in the ink with an old rag so it looked like this:
Liz added some bits of tissue paper to hers:
And here is my finished print:
It didn't turn out quite as I wanted it to, but I can have another go, because I can use the block again. But it was super fun. Having had a day to consider the process, I'm thinking that painting is the way ahead for me, so I have more precise control on where the colour goes.
Laine was a super teacher and Liz and I both enjoyed our day.
I'll leave you with this set of rules I snapped from another artist's studio: