A very creative group of printmakers gathered at Wallace House in Noosaville for our weekend workshop in two contemporary lithography techniques taught by Judy Barrass and Victoria Atkins. Gabi Dick’s delight at the outcome (below) says it all.
On Day One participants were introduced to waterless lithography, and, with a very steep learning curve, by the afternoon they were making two two colour prints.
It was a day full of learning and heads were spinning with too much information, but Judy and Victoria promised a free ‘playday’ follow up in a few weeks to reinforce the learning. By then they hope participants will be confident enough to share their new skills with the rest of the group.
Sunday saw a change in direction with the introduction of polyester lithography, which offered a somewhat more relaxed learning curve after the complexities of the waterless process . There were some great results.
Printmaking is about loving the process, and this introduction to two new processes has added to the tools artist printmakers in Noosa and beyond have at their disposal. We are extremely grateful to Noosa Council and Arts Queensland for the RADF funding that made this workshop possible. Lots of fun, lots of new ideas, and a rich sharing printmaking community.
“The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and (name of council) to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.”
In August the delightful Coralee Asker shared her experiences with eco dyes with the group. These notes and images are courtesy of Victoria Atkins who participated in the workshop. Thank you for the documentation Victoria.
Paper: Experiment with different papers. Some that work: Brown craft paper thin, 200gsm card, 75/80gsm paper and and even lower, shiny paper, printmaking paper. If you soak paper you get different results – one side can be soaked paper with mordant. When using a coloured paper, a lot of the colour gets cooked out and some it keeps.
Plants: Experiment. Some that work: Fennel makes a really soft image, Bloodwood gum -dark mark, Wattle -green marks in, copper, She oak -Graphic , Nasturtiums -quiet mark, Geraniums- quite distinct, Ferns -clear marks, use the back of the leaves, Lilly pilly, Macaranga, Grevillea, Dried leaves can be used if soaked.
Mordants: An aluminium pot works as a mordant or use alum – get from pharmacy, copper sulphate, iron sulphate. Each will give different results with the same plant material.
Thanks Coralee for an awesome fun workshop and Victoria for the comprehensive notes and images.
MOULDED PRINTS Play Day Wed April 12th with Judy Barass
A good turnout for a great play day. Many thanks Judy for your time and expertise in showing us all this great technique. Everyone brought along a print with oil based ink and as shown in the photo below (as demonstrated by Judy) the print was rubbed off the paper of the print.
The paper from the back of the print was placed in the blender with water. Then squeezed out until still damp as shown below
The print was placed around the outside of the dish then lined with muslin and then the blended paper pulp pushed on the inside of the muslin as shown below
Some lovely examples below of the finished moulded prints. Many thanks to Victoria for taking the photographs.
Thank you to the wonderful band of helpers Dale, Di, Gabi, Bronwyn, Rita, Lorraine, Glenda, Giuliana and Judy.
My favourite moments were when Amy, who was first comer on the day and totally entranced with printmaking, starting becoming one of the facilitators and showing others what to do after an hour or so. And the wonderful little girl who had just the right muscles for using the barren.
Christmas come just once a year and it’s a time to celebrate friendship, good cheer, and printmaking, and a time to have a jolly good feast and a lot of fun.
Thank you to our wonderful hostess Gabi who set up a beautiful open air restaurant in her garden and made sure everything went well.
The food was great, as was the company.
And after the feast came the eagerly awaited annual print swap. A feast of lovely ideas and techniques. It can be a little hard to get in to the crush to get your set of prints, but it’s well worth it, and then you settle down to look at the spoils.
Thank you to everyone who participated. Getting the edition done on time is not always easy, but the rewards are great.
And then it’s time for pavolova!!!
What a great bunch of printmakers. Thanks for a lovely lunch. See you on January 18th 2017.