So good to be printing on a sunshine day - and it makes the gold ink on these little Bristol notebooks look really fab too! Having a busy week stocking up for art trails, print fairs and topping up stock at some of my lovely galleries...
This time last year I was printing madly ready to spend two weeks my own pop-up shop in the middle of Bristol. It was so much fun having it and great to be able to have so many products in one place.
Also great was having a huge flock of laser cut birds from my lino print hanging in the window...
The shop was organised by the fab Etsy in Bristol team - how lucky was I!
I have spent most of the month trying to re-organise my studio space too, whilst working on prints at the same time. That hasn't gone well, I've moved things around countless times but the piles of books, paper, supplies, dull paperwork, sketchbooks etc haven't diminished in size. I know it will all fit into the little space in a sensible way, so more effort needed! That's so hard in the summer...
I've listed a couple of new prints in the Etsy shop too, you might have seen them before, but this is the first time they can be on-line ordered, so hurrah :)
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I've got an exhibition of my lino prints at the moment if you fancy popping in...it is in Bristol at No 1 Harbourside on the docks.
Even more excitingly you can come to the Private View if you are in town - 12th July 7:30-9:30 - yay. There is going to be a print lucky dip....
I decided to make a new postcard every day and post it out to someone for 100 days...it has been great fun so far as I have played around with collage, print and drawing and am really enjoying sending them to people around the world...if you pop over to my Instagram you can find them all there and I would love some more addresses to post to if you would like to get a tiny piece of art through the post :)
I find the sunny, lighter days are perfect for a flurry of lino cutting activity...
In the past week I have lino cut the Teeny Tiny Bridge you can see in the photo, a flock of birds, an angry goose, an alien, a girl climbing over a mountain range and a herd of wild boar.
Next I need to print a whole lot of cards for our local arts trail in May, because that will be here in no time at all, lickety-split...
A new lino print One that has been simmering for quite a while now and has finally made it onto paper. It has a friend too, but that one is still in a sketchbook. I've popped it into my Etsy shop too :)
I was also pleased to carve all those little words without mishap - that doesn't always happen!
Hot off the press - well, wet off the press actually. Oh, and I don't use a press at all, I hand burnish them all.
Here's my newest lino print 'Not Blinking'.
One of my favourite lino tasks is to cut out a whole lotta eyeballs, so this image is high on my list of good lino blocks to carve...
It's hanging out here at the moment if you want to look at it a bit more :)
Time to gather up a huge pile of nesting material swans. Last year we spent a bit of time watching a swans nest near to where we live and now, months later, I have finally got round to making a lino print of it It's hanging out on Folksy too in my little shop, if you would like to visit :)
A little space boy and his alien friend - in lino at last, it's what we've been waiting for :)
Cutting tentacles out of lino is fun, I must attempt a creature with more tentacles than this....
I have been busy carving out zig-zags which is exactly my idea of fun....it has resulted in this rather shiny golden monkey puzzle tree which you can find living just here on Etsy
With copper ink rolled out for another project I had to have a little play around and these birds were very keen to be printed in copper - how could I say no?
Lots of birds feathers have a beautiful sheen to them, often almost metallic so it seems like the right ink to use...
Now I want to try all the other lino blocks I have in 'shiny' too!