SOLAR PLATE ETCHING: is a quick, simple and safe alternative to traditional etching. Rather than acids, all that is needed is the UV rays of the sun to etch a plate. Your image is applied onto transparent film, then exposed to the sun for 2.30 min. A built in photo sensitive emulsion hardens the image in the sun. The plate is then washed in water revealing your image ready for printing on the etching press. Emphasis will be on creating images using elements from the natural world. Existing illustrations from nature on clear film will be used with natural elements such as leaves, flowers, feathers, lace. Many applications of colour rolled onto the plate will result in a stunning portfolio of prints.
In this workshop we will create a simple two colour and three colour print on paper using a variety of techniques for combining colour and images, such as layering and reduction printing. You will have the opportunity to create stencils using paper, easy cut plastic and screen filler. Registration processes will be minimal which will allow for a free and intuitive printing process.
Materials will be provided for printing on paper but if you would like to print on fabric such as a fat quarter please bring that with you, material washed to remove any filler
The history of art has predominantly seen paper as the support surface for art, but in the beginning of the 20th century Cubism and Dada liberated paper and other materials from everyday life and introduced collage as an art medium in its own right.
In this workshop you will discover a whole new world of artistic possibilities, when you combine collage with paint and printing techniques. We will explore layering visually and physically, use text as form and content and experiment with paper, textile and stitch.
We will be applying stenciling, masking, tracing, sanding, over-painting and transfer techniques and work with non-traditional ‘tools’ for writing and mark making.
How to really see where you are, and use it in your work.
Using found objects, patterns and textures we will explore how they reflect a sense of place and create a connection to our surroundings.
We will find, document, edit, print, collage and create. Using mono prints with a gelli plate, and found specimens, we will use mixed media to ‘zoom in’ on our location and work with that. By abstracting the essence of a place we’ll create something inspired by our location. So the viewer can also experience something they may have previously overlooked, with fresh eyes.
The workshop will incorporate the principles of design in artwork, fail safe tricks and techniques to explore composition.
Participants will create a ‘field notes’ for a sketchbook, artist book, and a series of prints and collage works.