Learning curve

DSCN5990This week I’m learning about using Gelli Plates for monoprinting, and using my new Dremel rotary tool to attach handmade metal butterflies to my custom made frame…DSCN5974Here’s some of the butterflies I’m making from old tin containers from tea and chocolate and cookies and stuff,

and here’s a detail from a print – I’m learning all about making textures and layers with the Gelli Plates, lots of fun!DSCN5983

“Fire Down on the Labrador”

Went to see the retrospective of David Blackwood’s work at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria this past weekend: Black Ice: Prints from Newfoundland.  It was amazing to see so many of his prints in real life after following his work for so long.  The show had about 75 pieces from the 250 works that the AGO has in their collection.  I loved seeing a series of 11 drawings and prints that show some of the development of his most famous print “Fire Down on the Labrador”, as well as the actual copper etching plate.  David Blackwood was in attendance and gave an artist talk, highlighting some of the history and process behind his work, it was fascinating to see some of the historical photographs that have inspired him.  I loved hearing him say he figures you have to be “abnormal” to do etching as it is so incredibly demanding, this is true of many art forms and artists!  I also loved that after poring over his work for the afternoon, my friends and I had so much to discuss, and especially that we saw the beach, the water, the stones in etching textures for the rest of the afternoon…Image

Glass mosaic making

Steps to making my raven glass mosaic:

first I drew a flying raven from a photo, cut a stencil and tested it on newsprint
first I drew a flying raven from a photo, cut a stencil and tested it on newsprint

then I stencilled the raven onto a rice paper monoprint and adhered it onto a wood substrate
next I collaged around the stencilled raven and then cut the glass to glue on top of the entire surface
And the last step is applying the grout (which I coloured with acrylic paint to get the turquoise blue I wanted).