Drypoint Monoprint workshop with Deb Wace

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I’ve recently made time in my life for my printmaking practice but after preparing the GreenRoom space for a flurry of activity, I felt a bit stuck. It’s been too long between prints. I thought learning a new technique would inspire me and give me some momentum! So……I’ve just completed 2 days of monoprint & drypoint Printmaking with Deb Wace.

I want to move away from precise mark-making & static images. I want to work in a free & spontaneous way. I want to create whimsical, interesting marks implying movement, depth & joy.

Deb’s generous sharing of ideas and teaching over the last few days has given me great inspiration, new methods of working and mark- making . My mind is bubbling over with ideas !

I chose to work with images from my childhood – photos of my sisters & I bouncing on trampolines when we young children. With a drypoint tool, I scratched a quick line sketch into the acetate based on the images in the photos.

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The drypoint image on the acetate is then inked in the usual intaglio manner and then ink on the surface of the acetate is manipulated by different means & with different tools to achieve the monoprint. The mark-making is unconstrained, quick & spontaneous. The resulting printed marks are very interesting & lend depth and movement to an otherwise static drypoint image.

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There are endless possibilities with monoprint and a huge scope for experimentation. It was a lot of fun playing with the drypoint images.

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Below are my favourite set of APs for the day. I used a grouting tool and a scrap piece of card to manipulate the ink & some small paper and thread stencils.
It’s titled “Cosmic Sisters”.

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Thank you Deb Wace for a wonderful workshop. Monoprint had opened up a whole new world of possibilities.

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Hooray…….Fantastic Summer studio space

Well,  I have been incredibly fortunate and the universe is looking after me !   Thanks to the generosity of the owners, I have myself a fantastic  studio space for the Summer.   I adore it’s quirky bush charm and it has such a wonderful feel with privacy and a great view out onto the Bay.  It has ample natural light and all the facilities that I need.  It also has  lovley little deck overlooking the water and bush garden so I will also be able to work outside in good weather.   It’s going to be such a great creative space and I’m ready for a massive creative stint.   I feel so inspired when I’m there.  I move my beloved and slightly neglected press and gear  in next week.  I’m soooooooo excited and thrilled to pieces.   Thank you H & C.  (Photos will follow once I’m in and set up)    Meanwhile here’s another drypoint collograph I’ve found during the clean up – “Wren on the Rocks”.   There’s lots of little wrens at the new studio !