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Old Sunday 8th September 2013, 21:53   #1
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Hello all

Have been a long-time lurker in this forum, enjoying viewing all the output of its talented contributors. Decided it was time to add my contribution!

I enjoy using line and wash, but my current obsession is linocut printmaking - it's totally addictive. Here are a couple of my recent efforts...

First is a one-colour linocut, long-tailed tits, printed area about 6 by 8 inches on Zerkall 210gsm paper. The other one is a little egret and is a reduction linocut, 6 by 8 inches again.

Hope you like 'em!
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Old Sunday 8th September 2013, 22:15   #2
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Wonderful stuff...looking forward to seeing more!..
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Old Tuesday 10th September 2013, 10:42   #3
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You and Ken should have a lot to share, lovely work you definitly have a feel for this medium.
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Nice one Sharon! I particularly like the egret - a strikingly effective combination of design & colours. I've been intending to get to grips with lino-printing myself but can't pluck up the courage to have a go. Any tips for an aspiring 'printer'?

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These are very nice, ideal for book illustration.
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Particularly like that first one Sharon. Playful and strong graphically at the same time.
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Old Wednesday 11th September 2013, 18:23   #8
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Thanks for the feedback

Len, I'd just say have a go. I signed up for a printmaking course at my local college, but it never ran cos there wasn't enough interest. So I just did my own thing anyway. I bought this book, which I found useful, and these lino cutting tools, which are cheap enough to just have a go with to see how you like the whole process. I use the back of a wooden spoon to burnish, and at the moment I'm using a 'soft-cut' type lino, but lino floor tiles from the local DIY place are just as good (I'm still trying different stuff out!). Hope this is helpful!
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some lovely work here Sharon
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Old Friday 20th September 2013, 17:27   #10
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Thanks Arthur, appreciated!

Another couple from the archive...

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Ink and watercolour, quarter sheet

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Reduction linocut, printed area 4 by 6 inches
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Nice, bold design on the lino.
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Old Saturday 25th January 2014, 13:13   #12
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Very belated Happy New Year to you all!

Some more birdy art from me...

The pencil drawing is of a sadly expired long-tailed tit, drawn from life, and the other two pages are biro sketches of goldfinches, from photos I took a few years back.

Off to have a look at what everyone's been up to
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I enjoyed my hour doing the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch yesterday morning. My highlight was a flock of 11 goldfinches, up in the top of the tree at the bottom of the garden. Inspiration to get the brushes wet... Ink and watercolour, 5 by 7"
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Old Sunday 26th January 2014, 22:39   #15
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Colorful and quite lively Sharon!
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Some very interesting art here, but the last goldfinches are pure joy!
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Old Tuesday 25th February 2014, 18:34   #18
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Thanks for the comments, you guys are lovely

Here's a biro drawing from my own ref, very much inspired by this forum's Paschalis Dougalis (spizaetos).
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Old Saturday 28th June 2014, 21:20   #19
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I have treated myself to a baby etching press (it's really small!), so I've been having a go at some drypoint; this one is with chine colle (fancy French term meaning 'stuck-on tissue paper'!)

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And this is the last print of six, lines less crisp! Also it shows the variation in tone that you can get depending on how much ink you wipe from the plate before putting it through the press. I used acetate film here as a plate, and scratched the image in with a drypoint tool (big sharp pointy needle...)

Hope you like these; I'm having fun with this technique!
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Another drypoint, this time a house sparrow

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Printed area approx 6 by 8". Having inky fun with these!
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Experimenting with adding some watercolour to some of the sparrow drypoint prints...

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Little owl (Athene noctua) drypoint print, part of my 'Bird list' project of birds I've seen or heard from my house/garden. I occasionally see these guys flying about, but more often hear them - they can be surprisingly noisy!

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Your work is fantastic, such diversity. Did you have formal training? School, college uni? Or are you self taught?
I scribble with pencils and feel like I'm in Kindergarten when I look at your work.
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Your work is fantastic, such diversity. Did you have formal training? School, college uni? Or are you self taught?
I scribble with pencils and feel like I'm in Kindergarten when I look at your work.
Wow, thanks for the lovely comment Andy! I'm pretty much self-taught, though I do go along to the occasional workshop, always good for picking up useful tips! I've been to workshops in printmaking and drawing and have enjoyed all. Other than that I muddle along on my own...

Enjoy your scribbling, that's the most important thing!

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