I've sent off my square for the SAQA Benefit Auction - Just dancin'. It is part of a design which derived from the envelope in which my Surface Design magazine used to come. It used to be covered - yes, covered in bright stamps from Hong Kong, direct from the printer. The design shows how I felt when such envelopes arrived.
Meanwhile I am juggling blocks of time and mind between printmaking and stitching. The areas are further broadened by my initial small researches into the world of tapestry weaving. I have just read a beautiful book published by the excellent Black Dog (I have recently read The mechanical hand, a printmaking title)- Tapestry: a woven narrative. (I was delighted to find a splendid offer for the book in the current issue of Embroidery magazine.) This is another area of textiles I've been interested in for some years, and now I have the time to explore. But I shall be spending more time stitching during the day as the tennis season is in full flow - no need to feel guilty while watching tv in daytime!
In printmaking I have been devoting this half term at least to exploring more painterly ways of creating marks. The above image is another early example with blocks of Liquitex sand medium on one perspex sheet, and a drypoint line on another plate with chine colle using printed tissue paper from Paperchase.
I have also been mixing carborundum grains with PVA and with Liquitex heavy body in four alternative mixes, and have painted each mix onto perspex. I shall print those perspex plates tomorrow, and will let you see the results next week. Nothing is instant in printmaking!
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