Barn Owl and Tawny Owl Linocuts

Just finished printing off the first prints of my Tawny Owls; adding hand colouring with watercolour. It’s quite hard to keep the brushstrokes ‘free’ and I think ‘less is more’ in this style of print. Work in progress to complete the other 3 owls in my English Owls series. To celebrate having two owls available for sale in my Etsy shop, if you buy two prints you can get £20 OFF the total price using the code OWL20. This coupon is only valid when buying my Owl prints. Valid till end of March 2019.

 

 (© Catherine Cronin)

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Free UK Shipping this weekend via my Art Finder Shop

Free shipping in the UK on these selected handmade linocut and etching prints from my Art Finder shop – 

 (© Catherine Cronin)

Its been a while! Kitchen Litho 3 colour print.

Excellent print from kitchen-litho method.

Alison Sloggett

I didn’t realise it had been so long since I have blogged on here. I think I have been distracted but for good reasons, I have a new job at the Hereford college of arts, and have been doing a lot of printmaking, so all good !

(Must admit Instagram has also been a distraction! )

Here was my design, it is a sketch of my orchid that I have managed to keep alive ( and its flowered again!!)

Anyway, on my sketch I added registration marks in the corners after watching the creator of this process Emilie Aizier video https://youtu.be/IyRmvt7jgpU on YouTube on making a greeting card with two colours.

The next step was to trace my design onto my tin foil, firstly I just drew through the tracing paper and then I went over those lines with soft 8B pencil.

I made three plates, the first one was…

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Barn Owl linocut print

 

I finally got around to cutting and printing my Barn Owl linocut design this year. I decided to print a black and white edition as well a hand-coloured edition, as I liked them both as much as each other! Printed with Charbonnel oil-based printing ink on specialist printing paper, Zerkall 210 gsm. Coloured by hand with watercolour paint, which means each print is uniquely painted in the watercolour series. Available in my Artfinder and Etsy shops.

(© Catherine Cronin)

 

Editing Squash Screenprint

My first blog of the year! Very late I am sorry to say, but in January my laptop decided to die and I’ve had some trials and tribulations with new laptops and Windows 10 issues. Anyway I am back on track now. I wanted to share with you the final edition of the Squash screenprints that I created last year at City Lit.

My final set of prints looked like this; but I was not completely satisfied with the way the squash outlines got lost in the background.

 

I decided to edit the prints to create a smaller image that focuses on the small round squash. It was quite hard to decide to do away with the rest of the print because I had put so much work into producing it. I think that is always a moment of struggle for all artists, knowing when to discard work even if you feel greatly attached to it. I should mention that I sat on the decision for months! I lived with the idea before executing it. I think you have to guard against rash decisions that you might regret. Time passing allows for a fresh perspective. I am very happy with the edited images, which I have backed onto A5 card. They are for sale via my Artfinder shop.

(© Catherine Cronin)

Happy Holidays – Christmas 2017

As we approach Christmas I would like to wish you all Happy Holidays and I hope you all have a festive and merry break! It has been a great pleasure being part of the WordPress community of bloggers and seeing all the creative and accomplished art being produced. It is very inspiring! Enjoy this recent linocut design from me of a cheeky red squirrel in the snow amongst the pine cones.

(© Catherine Cronin)