Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Yesterday I sent off for some printmaking supplies from TN Lawrences...this morning they arrived! What service!

So no excuses now...I have fresh ink, Zerkall paper to try out, two double-sided maple end grain blocks and a box of mixed offcut practice pieces. I'm dying to get cracking. Last night I finished the sky in my latest block and now just need to finish the figure, dog and ground, with a bit more light texture to the tree side. I also have my first block to print on the press; Charlie our Jack Russell.

Added to that, I found one or two old blocks in my archive that I might tinker with and reprint. You can see one below the press, on the shelf. It's a rendition of Trevethy Quoit in Cornwall, an ancient burial chamber. I also have a block showing a Spitfire plane, which I did as a bookplate for a friend who was well into WW2 aircraft. Might reprint that too as the only print I have is damaged.

(Please note, none of the blocks mentioned have ever been part of an edition, if they had , reprinting would be a no-no.)

But first, I have to finish my 'day job' work. And lunchtime's over...back to work!

Friday, August 24, 2007

An addition to the family!

Here's my new baby, courtesy of Jeremy at AMR in Kendal. It's a Farley proof press, with paper grippers and height adjustment on the roller. Perfick!

Just need to sort out a bench or stand for it; J thinks he might know of one.

So it's in the shed until I can clear the studio but I can't wait to start learning it's little ways. Hooray!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Woodblock latest and holiday sketches...

Here's the block as it stands at the moment...I've almost cleared those bloomin' branches! Making progress......and I have a printing press arriving soon, too! Jeremy at AMR has found me a Farley cylinder proof press and is going to clean it up and deliver it shortly. Here it is:

I'm looking forward to using it.

And the first couple of watercolour sketches I did on me hols...........