Saturday, 20 August 2011


Summer has had it's distractions, but I have finally managed to upload another short video on to Youtube, so click the link below to view my next demonstration, with Nicola Jackson showing my method for inking a collagraph, to a group of students.

This one shows how we ink up one of my collagraphs, in this case one containing plant material, as well as plaster, glues, carborundum, varnishes and high gloss metal paint.  In this we are showing how we ink up the plates, usually with very weak inks (containing a lot of extender), using stubby brushes, to get into the deep bits. When the plate is properly wiped, I add primary coloured rubs - "the rubs" to enhance the sculptural qualities of the plate, rather like lighting with colour, refracting the light. All my plates are quite three-dimensional, and they lend themselves to this rather different approach to colour.

I have also recorded the making of the plates for this Primeval Land series, which I will show on another short video soon here on the blog.  I also have nearly finished one showing the application of gold leaf.

I am compiling a DVD to make a comprehensive demonstration of my methods which will be available in 2012

I hope the latest demo is useful,


1 comment:

  1. Wonderful to see you have a blog. I studied Printmaking at Aberystwyth and have followed your work with interest.
    My tutor at the college at Aber was also an admirer of your work, Paul Croft, a very good tutor and author about Lithography.
    I look forward to reading your blog.
    I am painting in oil these days in France and blogging. Can't find a print press around here although I spotted an iron twist down press in a junk shop, not sure it would work.