This is my work space. Sometimes I swap the cat for my laptop and graphics tablet. I usually have flowers, a selection of bears, and cut out characters from projects I’m working on.
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I love prints as an art form, but apart from some basic lino printing and screen printing I haven’t done any myself. Print making seems a bit of a daunting thing to try, requiring expensive equipment and space. I’ve always particularly wanted to try dry point etching, so I got really excited when I saw an artist on Twitter talking about PRINTING AN ETCHING WITH A PASTA MACHINE! Gosh.
Naturally I rushed out to buy one. Luckily my local cookshop had a modest one on sale and I got some sheets of flexible clear plastic from a nearby model shop.
This is what I did:
The plastic sheets I bought were A4, so I cut them up so that they were small enough to feed through the pasta machine. They don’t need to be clear, but it’s handy if you want to trace over a drawing. I scratched my design with a pointed implement I found in an old box of tools. I’ve no idea what it’s really for. Any pointed tool you can comfortably hold should work.
I used block printing ink as it was available. It worked fine. I’m going to try printing with acrylic paint with a drying retardant mixed in. I found the best way to ink the design was to rub the ink into the scratches with a cloth, then rubbing of the excess with a dry cloth.
I printed onto cartridge paper, as I had some. Soak it in water for a few minutes first and pat dry. You’ll need to experiment with how wet the paper needs to be. Put the paper onto another piece of paper and some felt and place the inked plate face down on your paper. Fold the other side over. Be careful to hold the plate and paper together as you feed it into your pasta roller.
Wind the handle! You’ll need to guide the bottom end so that it doesn’t catch on the bottom of the machine as it emerges.
This is what I made:
There are several demonstrations of this by artists on YouTube. Worth a visit.
I’m looking forward to experimenting and printing lots more 🙂
There are a bunch of new greetings cards in my shop this month, including these dinosaur and space cards, which come with any age badge you like (I sold a 95 years badge last week). You can check out all my new cards designs at BearsGetCrafty: there’s one for lovers of GIN (with the choice of a super badge or magnet), something naughty, something nice, and bears, of course. 😉
Mr Fox Sewing Kit Prototype
As usual, I also have lots of ideas and work in progress. 🙂 Greetings cards with stickers and sewing kits will be arriving soon! I’m also thinking about cards with moving parts and pop-ups.
Over at BearsGetDigital there is lots of new art to download, digital drawings and watercolour paintings to use in card making, on websites….whatever you fancy. 🙂
I have several new illustrations, for poems by Dom Conlon, on www.inkology.co.uk. Enjoy his darkly funny stories while you’re there too.
In between all of that, there have been a few fun things appearing on my work desk:
To see more of what I draw and make you can check out my Instagram account BearsGetCrafty or follow me on Twitter.
January has been a busy month for designing and making new products. These handsome animals can be found on a mug, along with several other new designs.
I’m also busily designing greetings cards which have a life beyond the mantelpiece. More about that soon. In the meantime, take a look at my first set of designs which are already available.
Wishing you all a very jolly Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I was pleased to have this picture in the SCBWI Advent Calendar this year alongside Christmas illustrations from some super talented artists.
Lots of micro stories were written to go with the illustrations, you can read them on Twitter.
Thank you to the lovely SCBWI writers who wrote words to go with my illustration:
Finally, thank you all for your support during 2016. Hoping 2017 will be peaceful and marvellous.
Another little Christmas Present from me to you. Click here to download the PDF
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