I’m having a May Spring Sale in my online shops; to get 15% off price in my Etsy and Folksy shops please use coupon code MAYSPRINGSALE. The discount is already applied in my Artfinder shop. Enjoy!

(© Catherine Cronin)


Reblogging – Aquatint Using Hairspray

Great ‘how to’ article – reblogging: Aquatint Using Hairspray


On aquatint using hair spray

by Debora Ando


I would like to introduce this method as an easier and more practical alternative to aquatint materials already in use in print studios and schools. Hair spray is a chemical product and therefore may cause allergies or reactions. For precaution wear adequate gear and designate an enclosed space where the hair spray can be handled avoiding spreading of the particles.

Materials for the aquatint using hair spray …….. ”

Continue reading article here – Aquatint Using Hairspray



Buy British Day 3rd October 2015

It is Buy British Day today; and you can get 15% off in my Etsy shop using coupon code BUYBRITISH.

Valid till end of October.

A taster of what you can buy:

(© Catherine Cronin)

Print of the Month – V&A Museum – till 30 December 2015

Portrait of the Artist as an Embryo by Geoff MacEwan (born 1943), 2010

Portrait of the Artist as an Embryo by Geoff MacEwan (born 1943), 2010 – On display at the National Art Library till 30 Dec 2015.

Print of the Month – V&A Museum – 9 Jan – 30 June 2014

DISPLAY: Reims 1914 by Raoul Varin (1865-1943), Etching and aquatint, plate from Reims en ruines, published by Pommery & Greno, 1920. @ V&A Museum

Hockney Printmaker at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

I saw a superb exhibition today; David Hockney’s prints at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. I am a big admirer of all of Hockney’s work; I admire his strong original drawing skills, sense of balance and rhythm, and use of colour; most of all I love the way he tells stories with image. I have longed to see his print work exhibited and this show did not disappoint, I came away marveling at Hockney’s range of image making in print, from the spare, pared down line work in etching through to the exuberant large scale colour lithographs.,_printmaker.aspx

Hockney: A Rake’s Progress – Google image results –

Hockney: Grimm’s Fairy Tales – Google image results –

Hockney: Lithographs – Google image results –

Little Cactus Photo Etching

I took another printmaking course at City Lit taken over 3 weekends; the course aim was to support you in your own printmaking projects. As I had just completed one course on photo etching; I wanted to continue and create another print through photo etching. The first attempt at photo etching for me was successful; this second attempt was full of frustrations. I used the wrong type of transparency for image exposure to plate; an inkjet rather than a laser jet transparency; and when I finally got the plate exposed and etched, I had problems printing it. I’m still not sure what went wrong, but printmaking is all about trial and error and practice. So for my second photo etching I was only able to get a couple of good artist proofs rather than an edition as I would have liked. Here it is with chine-collé and hand inking for the background.

Little Cactus © Catherine Cronin

(© Catherine Cronin)