Third of the series of news postings about new courses at Double Elephant Print Workshop is what I’m calling “Alternatives to Etching”. Not to be confused with Acrylic Resist Etching – which is an alternative to traditional etching, what I’m meaning here are quicker, easier ways of achieving the feel of an etching using materials that would appeal to the more frugal printmaker who is also far from as time rich as you need to really learn etching.
This has grown directly out of the mentoring sessions I did last year which entailed encouraging people to really get to know the particular printing inks they are using.
We are piloting several new courses at Double Elephant Print Workshop over the next couple of months. Some of these are not your usual printmaking course and I will probably need the help from as many people as possible to help get the word out there so that they can get seen by people potentially interested in taking part.
These might be one off opportunities – or might get repeated if there is sufficient interest. With that in mind, if you spot something you would have been interested in, but they timing is not right for you – do let me know.
Every now and then at Double Elephant, I have an opportunity to work with other artists. Usually it’s a straightforward request to edition some artwork that they have already created. But sometimes there can be a more collaborative element. On this occasion I was approached by the Thelma Hulbert Gallery to work with Frances Hatch – winner of the THG OPEN 2016. The plan was to work with Frances to create a new artwork relating to her exhibition starting in September which we would edition. The new print was then published during the exhibition.
Although we are now entering our 21st anniversary year at Double Elephant, we always look to keeping fresh and moving forward. At the moment we are having skills exchanges with each other and upgrading our skills.
Just in case there is any confusion – this is my own personal response to Double Elephant’s project Redefining Print. I am not wearing my “Double Elephant hat” here, this isn’t the official line, this is just a reflection on how it was for me.
International Printmaking Conference & Print Festival Scotland took place in Dundee 28th August – 1st September 2013
I was very lucky to be sent by Double Elephant Print Workshop to Dundee for IMPACT8 with my colleague Simon Ripley and our collaborator Josh Gaunt from Workshops n’ Docs. Read More
A major event in 2012 was the creation of some demonstration videos with Double Elephant Print Workshop.
You can see them all HERE!
I did the demonstration for the Collagraph video. It took a WHOLE DAY! In true Blue Peter style I had prepared my project at various stages in its development so that I didn’t have to waste time waiting for paint to dry.
You can see a proof being pulled valium from the finished plate in the video. And here is one of the finished prints I made shortly after – when I had time to fuss about colours and add mono print plant material too.
To go with the Collagraph video is another short one of “Top Tops”.
Do take time to look at my colleagues videos for drypoint, mono print and relief print too.