Japanese Anenome Linocut in Progress

I have been working on my Japanese Anenome Linocut, 3 colours down and 2 more to go. This is a reduction linocut, which means after I have printed a colour, I remove more material from the lino block to print the next colour.

The design has changed a bit as I’ve been cutting and printing the block in reaction to the colours I can produce with the inks I have.

I have been using strips of mountboard glued to a plastic sheet to register the lino block with the paper. The registration has been excellent, but the strips of mountboard have embossed their shape on the paper print. Once I have a final edition of prints I will window-mount them so that the unwanted embossed effect is hidden.

(© Catherine Cronin)

 

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Weekly Sketch – Moorish Mirror – 27/01/2015

This drawing is of a Moorish style mirror bought back from my last trip to Spain. I love the arch shape and the stamped floral design in the silver metal frame. I have drawn the mirror in black marker pen and silver pencil. I am still working out what scene the mirror will reflect – a portrait? an interior? or a more hard to define image? I have cut out the centre of the mirror so that I can play with the reflected images I create.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Flowers – 23/03/2014

Quick sketch of different flowers using a fountain pen. I was trying for simple flower motifs; but ended up drawing some in too much detail. I often draw in pen, as I tend to just go for it, knowing mistakes have to be adapted or worked in or just left alone. I am a more hesitant sketcher using pencil; if I end up erasing parts of an image, I will obsess about correcting it, and perhaps get stuck in that moment. I like seeing my mistakes and working on new images around them.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Pottery Cafe II

A few weekends ago I was happily painting pottery in Wonderland Ceramics with friends, including Atomic Mess and Ruth and Brendan from i am acrylic. The underglaze paint we used to paint was thick and a bit sticky, so I found it hard to paint thin lines. So though I am happy with the finished glazed pitcher; I think it could be better if I had more practice handling the underglaze paint.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Pottery Cafe

Earlier today I was happily painting pottery in Wonderland Ceramics with friends, including Atomic Mess and Ruth and Brendan from i am acrylic. As you can imagine there was a lot of creativity running riot, whether or not it was successful we will have to wait and see, we pick up our ceramics next week after firing, so more pictures then.

I had already tried out a few floral motifs beforehand which you can see here; and here are some pictures of the pitcher I painted. The underglaze paint is thick and a bit sticky, so I found it hard to paint thin lines. The colours after firing will be a bright red, cobalt blue, dark green and black. It is so hard to wait!

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Floral Motifs – 31/03/2013

I am going to a pottery cafe this weekend to do some ceramic painting, and so I thought I’d try out a few floral motifs in black ink to get some design ideas flowing. I think I have said this before but I really love painting with black ink!

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I have tried out some quick colour ideas in photoshop; I like it. Now I have to make up my mind over which motifs to use at the ceramic cafe; I want to use them all – nope come on now ‘less is more, less is more’. Ah well watch this space for the results.

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(© Catherine Cronin)