More than half way through this fabulous course at Creative Cohesion. My own book is starting to come together.
I’ve found the medium of screen printing equally fascinating and infuriating. Some of the challenges have included registration; getting the right pressure with the squeegee and therefore pushing the right volume of ink through the screen; and clarity of fine detail have been a challenge in such a short time to complete an edition of 3 artist’s books but I’m finally getting somewhere.
I have three colours on my concertina page (yellow, blue and black) and have the final layer of white rabbits to overprint. Once that’s done I can complete my hand embellishment of the text ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ which needs a bit more tonal counter change. I’ve also produced a black screen print on an acrylic painting this might end up being the one I select for exhibition.
For my front cover and have been experimenting with lino cut pocket watches. At first I was a bit heavy handed but I think I’m finding the balance.
Alyson Stoker’s book is ‘Catch the Light’. Her concertina page is really beginning to come together. I love her combination of monoprinting (using found textures) and screen printing. The colour combination is also fabulous.
Pauline is making a Japanese Stab Bound book featuring paper she has made herself. Encapsulated in the paper are boiled, dried and microwaved leaves, they are quite stunning.
The bolied leaved begin to look like they have been carefully crafted out of resin or cellulose. She is also thinking about trapping silk threads like a drawn line in her pages.
Tonight Pauline did some two colour screen prints (orange and a blue-turquoise) of aliums (or perhaps dandelions clocks), what’s really nice is that the colours are offset so you can see them as individual hues and as how they combine on the paper.
Incidently, Jo (I think) the lady who works at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens shared with us that Sunderland is the UK city with the most trees… wow! Jo is back from China with lots of inspiration on artists books and clearly knows loads about Sunderland so I can’t wait to see what emerges.
Frances book traces the coastline of the city of Sunderland and identifies places of interest such as Fulwell Mill. Her coast defined by the colour of the sea (a beautiful blue-green) onto which she is layering shades of grey and a maroon-red to link to her cover.
The National Glass Centre cohort have been working hard too, I’m not even going to try and name them because I know Ill get all confused, but there are images emerging from lino that are so complex its mind blowing, moiré effect antique maps that look like waves on the sea and much more.
I’ll have to take some photographs to share these outcomes with you.