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This is the last instalment in my relief series – The third and final print I made during the four week evening class I took at Australian Print Workshop over in Fitzroy. Again, its a two colour print like my last. But this time using a woodblock as the relief medium, each colour printed from a separately carved plate.

This process involved cutting the key plate first – Even though it ends up being printed last. The key plate is then inked up and printed, the resulting image then transferred back onto the secondary plate to use as a guide.

When I started thinking about the image I wanted to cut, I knew the key plate would print up black, but our teacher Simon was choosing a ‘mystery’ colour for the second plate.  This miffed me a bit, because it meant coming up with an image that much harder… A basic two colour design that would look ok no matter which colour was picked.  In the end I went with an Anime scene I’ve been meaning to paint up for the last 6 years or so. The aim was to keep it mainly black and white, with the secondary colour to fill the background only. Hence the way I cut out my key plate.

Anyways I somehow lucked out. The secondary colour to be chosen a beige flesh tone. As I hadn’t yet cut my second plate, I reassessed my image and carved out different areas than the original plan. And so the background is now left in white.

I suppose this way I have the opportunity to carve a third block to colour in this area should I choose to print these blocks up again. And I can alway hand finish the prints I’ve already made if it keeps bothering me, which it may well do… See I went and used that grainy first transfer off my key plate as a guide and worked it up in gouache. Now the two-colour prints have an unfinished feel if compared side by side.

And so. After cutting these blocks, I can say I personally think that laminate wood is absolute shit for carving into.  Sure its a softer wood for easy cutting – But the top layer of veneer tends to lift off on its own in the finer ares, so my image was left with less detail than I would have liked. Not cool. Def. gonna stick w vinyl next time!

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I fully meant to upload the rest of my pics from the print classes I’ve just completed last Tuesday, but then I had a week of not sleeping properly… As in not managing to get to sleep till 3.30 or so (Tui wakes up between 5.30-6 of late) Or if I did manage to get to sleep, waking up again at 2 and finally drifting off again at 5, only to be woken up 1/2 hour later.  Gah thanks brain, so not when I want to do my thinking!

It means I’ve had a week of feeling a bit low, and def. not up to anything creative like painting – Or writing about it either.  So yay for a weekend of sleep!  And finally here is the second instalment from my print class:

This one is a two colour reduction print using a ‘silk cut’ lino block – So both colours were printed off the same block. I started by cutting away where I wanted the white exposed, printing in red. Then I cut back into the same block to carve away all the areas I wanted to stay red, and printed the top plate over the first print with black.

Love love love how it turned out, though learnt that I much prefer vinyl blocks to lino… which has a tendency to flake, and left smudgy edges on a couple of my prints from the exposed matting fibre from where I cut away at the sides.

I managed to print up six prints of this in total – Because of the reduction method I can’t print any more, so it is an extremely limited print run.  I quite like how striking the skull looks and so may think about printing a series similar to this one in the future, if I get the chance to use a printing press again… Just waiting on APW announcing their next set of classes so I can book in to use their open access studio!

As a side note : Reduction printing also goes by the name of Suicide Printing – Because of the loss of the print block as you carve away the layers.  I reckon its pretty fitting to go w the Sugar skull design huh!?

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Yay got to go pick up all my prints today from AWP so exciting getting to bring them all home and unwrap them!

Pretty tired tonight… Tui was kind enough to wake me up at 5.30 by shaking cold water all over me from the doll she’d just washed in the sink. Not in a very fun way to wake up, though quick… Really hope my yelp of shock has put her off doing it again!  Anyways. Means I’ll post up the rest of the pics with close ups tomorrow. Night x

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I’ve just completed a short relief print class at Australian Print Workshop on Gertrude street in Fitzroy, running every Tuesday evening over the last four weeks.

It was a really fun little workshop, giving me the opportunity to make Vinyl, Linocut and Woodblock prints using the various printing presses they have on site.

These are a few pics from the first print I made using a vinyl block to create a single colour image. Printed using their beautiful Columbian printing press.  (Below)

I need to wait until next week, when the ink on the rest of my prints will be dry before I can go pick them up – And post up pics of course… So can’t wait!

Tui in Wgtn Wind – Edition of 3 onto Stonehenge 245gsm Printmaking paper 255 x 278mm.  I have decided to sell one print only – Check it out on Felt.

UPDATE : So I managed to press another two of this print the following week – This time on a handmade flax paper I’ve been hoarding since my mother sent me over a stack for my birthday. I love seeing the Tui on a handmade paper derived from the plant its perched on in the print. Also how the paper colour works with the black ink.

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I spent my Friday evening, while I was waiting for D to get home from Brisbane, finishing off this little pair of A5 paintings I’ve had sitting in my ‘To do’ pile for the last few months… Finally managing to find small bites of free time to complete all these little works I haven’t had a chance to finish off because I’ve been so flat out with commission pieces / Too exhausted after days with Tui on my own to work on.

Hopefully this starts the ball rolling, and I’ll manage to get a few more completed over the next few weeks. This little pair are up on my Felt page now too.

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Here are the first two little A5 illustrations in a new series I’m working on featuring South American Tanager birds perched on coffee plants.

These little birds are all so bright and colourful I just couldn’t resist having a go at painting them… And pair up nicely with the simplified coffee leaves.

Super cute little birds that come in so many different colours… I just need to decide on which ones to paint up next!

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Just finished an edition of four New Zealand Tui perched on a red flowering flax branch, commissioned by the Auckland council Environmental services team.

I don’t usually do a lot of edition work, so it was a bit of a challenge to paint up four pieces to look the same.  Pretty stoked with how they’ve turned out though.

Now that these are complete and ready to send off to te courier I can finally spend some time planning the two colour wood block I need to make for the relief printing workshop I’ve enrolled in at Australian Print Workshop on Gertrude street in Fitzroy!

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