"The artist...is also a born adventurer. His explorations, unlike those of a tourist, are rewarded by the discovery of beauty spots unmentioned in the guide books, and with tireless curiosity and an exceptional proneness to wonderment, he will come upon objects of remarkable interest overlooked or even shunned by more disciplined observers."

Augustus John, R.A.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015


I gave a talk and demonstration yesterday evening to the members of Doncaster Art Club. As part of the demonstration I carved and printed this simple 2 stage reduction print. I'm not the most confident of public speakers, I find talking and demonstrating much more intimidating than leading a workshop. Anyway I think I got away with it without sounding too incompetent.

After making the print above and to demonstrate that the process is the same if you are printing two colours or ten I showed the following sequence of prints, that in the best Blue Peter tradition I had prepared earlier.

Colour 1

Colour 2. A dark to light blue blend.

Colour 2 overprinted on colour 1.

Colour 3 printed on its own.

and overprinted on top of the previous colours.

Colour 4. Looks quite pale

but darkens up when printed over the previous colours.

Colour 5, on its own

and overprinted

Colour 6

looks a bit garish when overprinted, but the next colour should knock it back a bit.

Colour 7

colour 7 overprinted all the previous colours.

and the final dark. At this stage the block has much more detail on it than my usual work. I wouldn't normally use such a heavy keyline around everything and I don't put a border around my prints, but I was printing this as the final part of the demonstration and I needed it to look like I had actually done something when I pulled the print from the block.

the finished print.

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