The Story of a print

Oxford Botanic Garden. Cards printed

Recently I visited Oxford Botanic Gardens.

Oxford Botanic Garden some interesting pitcher plants
Oxford Botanic Garden some interesting pitcher plants

I had a really great day and as I took a few photos while I was there I’ve decided to make some prints inspired by my visit.

I started with this drawing ~30 x 37cm, drawn onto tracing paper and reversed for print, ready for transfer onto the woodblock. I had finished my drawing I decided to take a small detail from it and make it into a new card design.

Initial sketch ready for transfer to the block

 

Drawing for card
Drawing for card
Drawing On tracing paper-reversed
Drawing On tracing paper-reversed
Block cut for card
Block cut for card
Checking the block
Checking the block
Card Ready to print
Card Ready to print
Rolling up the ink
Rolling up the ink Rainbow roll.
Block for card inked up
Block for card inked up
Cards completed
oxford botanic garden card design
oxford botanic garden card design

What inspires me….

Brick kilns, Great Linford

Most days I go for a walk in Milton Keynes, I live fairly centrally and walk in the parks, nature reserves, housing estates along the Redways; beside the canal, in all weathers and all times of day.
As I walk I often take very quick snapshots of where I am with my camera or phone. Not posed or framed just quick snaps, like a moment or fleeting glimpse.
I use these fleeting snaps in time to make my prints, many of my pieces are trees, these form the backbone and structure to MK with the paths and roads forming the arteries.

Heron on the canal towpath

 

Milton Keynes for me is unique in that you may feel sometimes that you are in a wild place, just you and the landscape but you will always have a path or paved shape within your field of vision, the very urban within the seemingly wild.

Canal underpass Monks Way, Milton Keynes

CARDS

I have various greeting cards for purchase. they are all individually hand printed on Fabriano 250 gsm paper, include an envelope and come in cellophane sleeves.
this page currently being updated please come back soon for more images.

Cards cost £2.50 each plus p & p.

 

Getting ready for exhibitions coming up soon…..

I’ve had a very busy time in my studio in the last few weeks. I have two exhibitions coming up soon and another one later in the year. So getting lots of pieces of work finished and ready to frame and also printing up plenty of cards which are always popular.

Here are some action shots of artist at work….

Orchid ready to go
Orchid ready to go
Rolling up
Rolling up
Creative chaos
Creative chaos
Canal Milton Keynes
Canal Milton Keynes
Bridge prints
Bridge prints
Not quite finished
Not quite finished

Drum Head Primulas

This has been a long time in the printing, many rather chaotic colours but I think this is the final layer now.
‘Drum head primulas’, an edition of 6
approx size 55cmx40cm. Printed on Somerset Velvet with Hawthorn stay open inks.

Drum head primulas
Drum head primulas