Squash Screenprint

I carried on my recent screenprinting adventures by signing up for a second course at City Lit. This would consist of 5 sessions, 3 hours long. This time I wanted to try to get away from thinking about printed layers as in a linocut print; which is sort of what I did when I made my flower screenprint. Though I am pleased with that result, I wanted to explore more what screenprinting can do as its own medium. Two things I was interested in exploring was painting into the screen and pulling monoprints, and making a halftone photo-stencil which would convey tones.

I wanted to use my recent squash watercolour work for my photo-stencil. I combined in Photoshop a collaged image that showed a range of tones as grayscale and so should work as a halftone image. Halftoning is where the image is made up of a variety of dots, similar to printed newspapers. The final image below in black and white is the image I used to make a halftone photo-stencil.

For the first layers of my screenprint; I combined painting into the screen and pulling monoprints; and then using a paper stencil to print a slightly transparent teal colour on top. This meant that all the backgrounds would be slightly different.

I really like these backgrounds, but I was worried that as they have strong colour and bold shapes, my squash photo-stencil would get too lost when printed on top. In screenprinting to get an opaque colour you need to add white, which makes it difficult to get strong opaque dark colours.

I wanted to print my photo-stencil in red; below is a screenprint of just the stencil on its own; and then printed in red on top of my printed layered background. I admit I was disappointed, I did think that the red squash did not jump to the foreground enough; so I switched to the darkest and most opaque ink – black. I printed my series in black ink; but on reflection I now think I prefer the red inked squash! I would be very interested to know your thoughts on these final images?

I have really enjoyed screenprinting and I think it suits my figurative style of drawing, especially when combining monoprinting, paper stencils and photo-stencils. I look forward to continue  to work with monoprinting and paper stencils in my home studio; probably combining with linocut printing too.

(© Catherine Cronin)

Flower Screenprint

I hadn’t done screenprinting in many years until recently when I signed up for a beginners class at City Lit. Here are the results of that short course, a multi-layered Flower print. The prints with the most colours were created by printing a rectangle of block colour (orange and blue);  using a paper stencil to create the green colour of leaf, stem and flower petals in part; and then the photo-stencil of my flower line drawing in red or black ink. For some of the prints I off-set the photo-stencil and printed it a second time which makes those prints a bit hard to look at! a bit psychedelic! I also printed the flower photo-stencil on its own and I intend to work into these prints with drawing inks. Fun times! I’m looking forward to making more screenprints.

(© Catherine Cronin)

Orchid Screenprinted Monoprints

Recently I came across some old monoprints of orchids I made by using paper masks and painting direct onto a screen mesh; then pulling using a squeegee with either a clear gel medium or green paint. It is hard to tell from these images, but the last two orchids where you see a brown colour, that is in fact bronze paint, which from certain angles reflects light. All told rather a good effect I think, I must give it another go.

Orchid Screenprint Monoprint

Orchid Screenprint Monoprint

Orchid Screenprint Monoprint

(© Catherine Cronin)

Crafty Fox Easter Market March 2013

Today I am snug in bed; but yesterday I braved the snow fall to visit the Crafty Fox Easter Market with my friend Ruth from i am acrylic.  Crafty Fox Market specialises in handmade, craft and vintage; and thankfully it was taking place indoors at The Dogstar pub/venue in Brixton. By the way this time last year in was 25 °C here in London.

Crafty Fox Easter 2013 Poster jpeg

It was a lovely market; stall holders handpicked by Crazy Fox making for a great selection of items, and I saw quite a few Etsy sellers that I am familiar with too. So now to give a shout out to a few of my favourites:

Jimbobart  – fantastic hand drawn characters on ceramics; I especially like ‘Super Badger’ painted across 4 espresso mugs.

Jonna X Kangan – fantastic screenprinted textile – love the neon geometric printed cushions.

i wish i was a – wonderful handmade costumes for dressing up, the feather headresses and super hero masks were brilliant.

Pygmy Cloud – beautifully made felt stitched animals and weather. My friend bought a little penguin with a printed face – super cute.

Alice Shields – illustrations and ceramic design, particularly drawn to her ‘downstairs loo’ sign.

Anna Wiscombe – painted wood products; the subtle colours perfectly painted wooden bird brooches were my favourites on this stall.

Lucie Ellen – novel jewellery designs, a fine example – Tito the Owl Brooch

I bought these wonderful screenprinted cards by karoline made this.

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And lastly check out this wonderful shell themed light in the girls loos; love it!

ShellLightweb

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Claerwen James Screenprinting

Still sick and in bed; was cheered up by watching this great video of Claerwen James screenprinting. It all looks so clean and easily produced; why is it when I have done this process I get paint everywhere and make a mess?

Claerwen James paintings and monotypes will be on show at Flowers London from 13 Feb to 16 March.

http://www.flowersgallery.com/exhibitions/flowers/claerwen-james-fc-show/#.URqDLWeRaea

Flower Screenprints

Revisiting my orchid photos from previous annual Orchid Festivals at Kew; and making a mess for my weekly sketch; reminded me of a triptych of screenprints I made some years ago based on flowering plants, again seen at Kew Gardens. The common broad theme of the triptych is based on plant reproduction, suggestive shape and colour. A reminder also of how we utilise flowers and plants for our own purposes of attraction. I hope you enjoy them!

Title in order of appearance: Flamingo, Foxglove & Araceae.

(Note: Araceae – I think this plant is part of the Araceae family; but I don’t know which species, if anyone can identify it for me please do leave a comment, thank you.)

Flamingo-Plant-web

Foxglove-web

Gloriosa-Rothschildianal-web

(© Catherine Cronin)

Peter Blake at 80

Sir Peter Blake turned 80 on the 25 June 2012; and to celebrate this landmark birthday an exhibition of his art has just opened at Pallant House, and another at the Royal Albert Hall. I am very happy at the prospect of seeing his fantastic work at these two venues.

Pallant House Gallery 23 Jun-07 Oct: Peter Blake Pop Music – “A major exhibition to celebrate the 80th birthday of the godfather of Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake, bringing together important paintings, collages and prints from across his career.”

Royal Albert Hall 19 Jun-08 Jul: Peter Blake At 80– “The Royal Albert Hall and CCA Galleries honour the life and work of Sir Peter Blake with a celebratory exhibition to mark his 80th birthday.”

Internationally Peter Blake is probably most know for his design of the album sleeve for The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

For me I most admire his paintings, such as:

© Peter Blake, ‘Madonna of Venice Beach’ (After Correggio ‘The Madonna of the Basket), 1995, The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

© Peter Blake / On The Balcony / Tate Collection

and of course his I love his prints, such as:

© Peter Blake 2002. All rights reserved, DACS /
‘It isn’t manners for us to begin, you know’, said the Rose / Tate Collection

© Peter Blake / The Venice Suite: Dancing / Lieberman Gallery, London, UK

Click here for CultureCritic Interview with Peter Blake 27 June 2012