I’ve finished my Diploma couse !! It feels so good to see something through to the end. The last 3 weeks of the course have included a wood cut workshop with Tasmanian printmaker Michael Schlitz . He’s a great teacher and I was so grateful that he spent time showing us how to sharpen our hand tools. Michael says practice, practice, practice & I definately need to – it’s difficult to get the correct angle happening. I splashed out and bought myself a nice little sharpening stone and a couple of new hand tools. Michael encouraged us to work on a fairly large scale – 900mm x 600mm. I was a bit nervous about scaling up at first but found it to be incredibly liberating once I started cutting. We hand printed with barrens and spoons on to Japanese Kozo paper and I was surprised at how simple and quick it was to take a print without the use of a press. To date this is the largest print I have made. This is the second proof of “Shy Albatross and chick”…..it needs a little more cutting and refining but for my first wood cut I am pretty pleased with the result.
I have been very lucky. People have been incredibly generous loaning me various bits and pieces for my studio. I now have, on loan, this lovely old Book Press (Thanks Jenny !) I’m not sure how old it is but, although in good working order, it looks pretty old. I’ve already found it to be very useful for framing / glueing purposes. I’ve just given her a bit of an oil and polish and she sits there gleaming, ready for use, beckoning me to make some relief woodblock prints.