Each student in my workshop had an A6 size block to work with and a set of simple lino tools comprising 2 'v' shaped tools and one 'u' shaped tool.
The designs were based on birds to reflect the theme of the exhibition. Everyone produced very creative work. Some carved in a very free and loose manner, creating imagery consisting of fluid lines and movement. Others concentrated on detailed designs for a more realistic image.
After carving and printing the blocks, the second part of the workshop was a couple of hours of printing and play with paint, what I called 'Feathered Friends Art Frenzy'. We had homemade gelatine plates as well as the Gelli Arts plates, relief blocks, rubber stamps and lots of paint and paper.
Everyone had a lot of fun, experimenting with layering their relief prints over their monoprints created on the gelli plates. A great day of play as well as a welcome relief from the hot day outside.
|This is my promotional photo for the workshop, showing|
one of my prints and equipment used.
|Drawing and tracing designs onto the relief blocks.|
Inspiration was gleaned from bird books and photographs.
|Carving their blocks, a methodical but relaxing process.|
|Printing the relief blocks, using water based|
block printing inks and a silver spoon as a baren.
|Printing time! Everyone was very keen to try out monoprinting|
using the gelli plates. The homemade gelatine plates
were also good to try to see the difference.
|Some of Wendy's wonderful work, her Spangled Drongo block|
had expressive line work balanced with positive and negative space.
|The Magpie image was popular - a great design|
for first timers! This one is layered over a blue monoprint
from a gelli plate.
|A gorgeous and creative use of a Magpie design on a card.|
|A beautiful carving by Sharyn, the attention to|
detail makes the bird come to life.
Her design is based on a vintage woodcut, you
can really see that in her imagery.