Christmas Sale Print Sale 20% OFF

My Christmas print sale starts today in both my online Etsy & Artfinder shops – 20% of handmade original prints, on till December 17th 2017. Enjoy!

(© Catherine Cronin)

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Reblogging – Aquatint Using Hairspray

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

from http://www.printingindahouse.wordpress.com

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

 

 

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.

http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/exhibitions/now_on_show/hockney,_printmaker.aspx

Hockney: A Rake’s Progress – Google image results – https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=hockney+a+rakes+progress&client=firefox-a&hs=gl3&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=sb&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=_2wbU6-2HNCLhQe_qoGQBA&ved=0CDsQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=598

Hockney: Grimm’s Fairy Tales – Google image results – https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=hockney+grimms+fairy+tales&client=firefox-a&hs=L7i&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=sb&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=O20bU6jdO4-ihgeCjIDgCg&sqi=2&ved=0CCoQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=598

Hockney: Lithographs – Google image results – https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=hockney+lithographs&client=firefox-a&hs=m9i&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=sb&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=0m0bU5nuBcWqhAeB04DQDg&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1366&bih=598

Photography into Etching – Hand Colouring

I have finished a 3 day course on photo etching at City Lit taken over 3 weekends.

You can read about it here.

A couple of the prints with chine-collé weren’t working well, so I added some hand inking to see if I could get a more harmonious image. Have a look at the before and after photographs below.

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Before:
Alhambra Courtyard Blue; Orange Chine-collé

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After:
Alhambra Courtyard Blue; Orange Chine-collé
Orange & Green Ink Hand Colouring

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Before:
Alhambra Courtyard Red; Orange Chine-collé

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After:
Alhambra Courtyard Blue; Orange Chine-collé
Blue, Orange & Green Ink Hand Colouring

(© Catherine Cronin)

Photography into Etching Day 3

I have finished a 3 day course on photo etching at City Lit taken over 3 weekends.

It was a fantastic course; a great group to work within and an excellent teacher Anne-Marie Foster.

On Day 1 we were introduced to the principles of photo etching; the three different techniques to get source material onto transparent acetate in readiness to expose to a prepared photopolymer plate. We produced a test plate and printed it to understand the process and how to get tones to print successfully. You can read about Day 1 here.

On Day 2 I prepared one of my own artworks in Photoshop for tonal photo etching; and printed test plates. You can read about Day 2 here.

Photo into Etching Day 3: The Final Prints

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Alhambra Courtyard Final Plate

On Day 3 I wanted to try different ink colours, different paper, chine-collé, and maybe colour rolls. I didn’t have enough time to get to try all I wanted. Below are the various experiments and results. I intend to work further on some of the prints with inks; so more to come on that.

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Alhambra Courtyard Red

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Alhambra Courtyard Red; Yellow Chine-collé

AlhambraCourtyardRedOrange

Alhambra Courtyard Red; Orange Chine-collé

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Alhambra Courtyard Red; Blue & Green Chine-collé

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Alhambra Courtyard Blue

AlhambraCourtyardBlueOrange

Alhambra Courtyard Blue; Orange Chine-collé

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Alhambra Courtyard Blue; Orange Chine-collé

(© Catherine Cronin)