Friday, 22 April 2016

Inky Folky Flowery Girls in my Sketchbook

I wanted to see if the new flower designs I've been working on could be incorporated into folk style costumes so I started to try out ideas in my sketchbook using coloured inks. After filling a few pages I returned to a previous source of inspiration; Polish papercut dolls. Though the papercut dolls are very simple and have limited detail there is something about them I really like. I hope I have captured some of their qualities in these inky illustrations.

Friday, 8 April 2016

A Colourful Collection of Cards


I am gradually adding more flowers, birds and cats to my new collection of hand printed greetings cards. The designs feature some reoccurring motifs and I've also tried to use a similar format for each one. They aren't inspired by anything in particular but I like the fact that they have a retro feel. There are probably some folk art and Eastern bloc design influences too which is good!
   

Screen printing cards by hand is hard work as each one has to be perfect. It is fairly quick to print the first colour but the second colour has to be registered accurately for every single card. I am very careful not to make any mistakes as they have to be rejected. I also try and keep my hands clean so there are no inky finger prints!

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Full of the joys of Spring!


Spring is a good time for screen printing; not too cold, not too hot, just right! To celebrate I mixed up some different colours and printed another new design with a gradient for the background. I really like the combination of yellow and blue at the moment and it's good to take a break from peach and orange.





Monday, 8 February 2016

Pretty Pair


This year I want to try and make more progress with screen printing and develop my work. So as well as using different colour combinations I have also introduced gradients to my prints. My first attempt was alot easier than I expected. I mixed three versions of the background colour varying from light to dark. I used all three on my screen and although the first few prints were striped the inks quickly mixed so the gradient became much more sublte. 




Birds of a Feather Flock Together


A new bird design hatched late last year. Since then I've been using it for a number of different products including winter greetings cards and festive bird decorations. I particularly like the combination of gold and teal coloured inks, they worked well on ivory card and even brown kraft card. 



Friday, 15 January 2016

New Black Cat Tea Towels!


My least favorite printing job has got to be tea towels! They're expensive to buy and tricky to print so I'm always worried about making mistakes. Luckily these new Black Cat tea towels turned out pretty well. It must have been all the practice I had printing them for Christmas fairs and last minute pop-up shops.


Winter Russian Dolls


My red Russian dolls now have some winter companions. I screen printed these dolls in pale blue and metallic blue on recycled card. Each one is made from three screen prints folded, glued together and cut out by hand. They make good decorations and also pack flat so are great for posting to people!