Thursday, 29 October 2009

Open Submission Mini print exhibition Hull, UK (clo. 12th Nov 09)

 Call for Entries - Mini Print 2009

Artlink are calling for entries for its popular annual Mini Print Exhibition. This is a great selling opportunity for artists as Mini Print is held in the run up to Christmas.

This is an open submissions exhibition with no selection process, so everyone who enters gets their work displayed. Artists are invited to submit work in any printed medium, please see submission guidelines for exact criteria on what we can and cannot accept.

As this is a mini print exhibition, the total size of the work must not be bigger than 25cm in either direction - to allow us to mount work to fit within our frames.

Required with all entries is a fee of £20.00 per artist to cover mounting/framing and return postage of unsold work.

A maximum of five prints can be entered per participant, two of which will be mounted, framed and displayed on the Gallery wall. The remaining prints will still be for sale and available for viewing in the gallery browser and also for replacing work sold from the wall.

The closing date for entries is Thursday 12th November 2009

and Mini Print 2009 will run from early December 2009 until end of January 2010.

Submission guidelines and form are available using the links below.


Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Miniprint Cadaques submissions open till March 2010

I have to say I preferred more of the prints that were in the "finalists section" than the actual "winners section".

Here's a link to the site where forms for entry can be downloaded

Printmaking is alive and kicking! (latest info. from Carol and Robert)

Experience printmaking’s latest moves, and discover how they relate closely to classical, traditional and contemporary techniques. Printmaking originated around A.D 105 and has been evolving ever since. The systems that Carol and Robert will demonstrate at the workshops are part of this evolution. If you are curious to know more,  come along to the workshops and find out:

• How you can now draw with a pencil or crayon directly on an etching plate to generate an etched line

• How to realise your concepts through printmaking

• How classical theory is the foundation of acrylic resist etching

• What you can do when you screenprint with fantastic artists painting materials like gouache, watercolour, organic pigment pastes, acrylics, pigments, oroton, varnishes, retarders and thickeners

• How to make a painting or drawing that can be printed ??
• How using these new methods enables us to etch plates very deeply etched or even right through like the zinc plate illustrated below

• About photocollagraphs and combined intaglio methods

• Ways of working creatively and safely

• The reasons that these systems work well in combination with digital positives

• What exactly is exciting about change and what opportunities does it create

•  How to make many different images and editions from one plate

 (the print below is an example of this working method)

In the workshops and in the time, between the sessions,  you can also try using the materials and systems to: 

• Make collagraph prints that look like aquatints, open-bite  and hard and soft ground etchings.

• Create autographic positives with the tusches that were inspired by the cliché verres of Corot and Millet, soft ground collage effects, the sugar lift’s of Picasso, Chagall, and Rouault etchings, the etchings of William Blake, monotyping marks, painted marks, and the reticulated washes of stone and zinc lithography.

Carol holding Kate Downie’s screen print The Quarry Path (below)

which was created by painting and drawing with tusches and printed with the Chinese ink, pastels and Indian inks that Kate draws and paints with.

• Making aquatints which are like spirit, powder or spray aquatints as in Downies etching Wych Elm below.

These are just some of the creative possibilities that you can explore in these workshops, there are many more and the sessions will include time to ask questions and discuss experiences and ideas.

Further refs

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Monoprints using Gelatin - you don't need access to a press.

Just came across this print by Linda Germain the gelatin queen see previous post on this site plus another on my own blog.  She is doing a series of these using the gelatin mono printmaking process.  Waterbased inks are used in this process.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Monoprinting workshop with Kate Downie

Here are a few photographs from the final part of the day spent furiously making monoprints onto Hosho paper.  Photos by Steve Ramtomski.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Introductory Printmaking Course at FDPW (September 2009)

Probably seems like ages ago now but it was only a few weeks ago that Colin Beaumont (tutor)  and six students completed the "Introduction to Print Making" course, at Fife Dunfermline Print Workshop over the span of four Saturdays.

Tatiana Campbell ( FDPW member) arranged with Colin, to go along on their final Saturday and document their activities.  I know from teaching courses and workshops myself, that it is extremely difficult to take photographs of the 'course' when you are the teacher !!    So I just wish that I had had the luxury of someone like T, to assist me in this.

Here you can see Colin, in the workshop, with a participant.  They  appear to be discussing something that has just gone through the etching press.  I must say she looks really pleased!!

On the course they did relief and intaglio.  They were making collagraphs on the final day and  made some very nice pieces.  If you want to see more check out Colins new website.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Glynis Porter, recent M.A. printmaking Graduate

I came across this artist who recently graduated from London Print studios M.A. course in printmaking and professional practice, which they run in collaboration with Brighton University.  It's been going for about five years now.
The most recent batch have taken the smart step of setting up a website documenting the work from their final show. 
This was something that would have been a good step for my Masters group to have taken but that was in 1994 and I guess none of us were web savvy at the time
There was loads of fantastic artworks ( paintings and prints)  and being as it was held at Winchester school of art, it probably didn't get as much of an audience, as it deserved.  

We had all just returned from a very expensive year of living in Barcelona where the course was based and we could just about afford the catalogue.  in fact some people didn't even participate in the publication.  

I remember using a computer from around the early 1980's but that was while I was on a course and then we were just using it for word processing.  I found that experience useful, in that it helped me to get part time work when I was a student.  I was supposed to be  helping this wonderful old friend, to write up his manuals for medical equipment.  In fact the building we worked in Finsbury park, in North London is now an artists studio building, where a friend of mine,Lesley Davy, now owns a studio.  

I have had my own computer fairly well since about  1989 although I can't remember exactly when we got connected to the internet. That was when I hooked up with my partner, C, who's an architect ( and so computer savvy, which was very helpful to me, as at that time I was still struggling with learning Photoshop). Maybe it was the early 1990's. 
Anyway as is often the case I digress.  The website where you can check out the printmakers group I mentioned above is

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Monique Auricchio Australian Printmaker

I came across this print recently and thought it exquisite!!.  Monique  is mainly using intaglio processes.  She is also a chum of /has exhibited with lino printmaker  Rona Green,  who I have participated with in the PNP print exchange program recently.

To see more of Monique auricchio's work click HERE and HERE.

There are also 3 or 4 more of hers on this page  on here which I think are just gorgeous. concerning birds.

Been in your Kitchen Cupboard lately ??

Check out Linda's blog
and a big thank you to her for putting this together - It takes some doing for those of you who have not yet ever tried to shoot and edit a video. Maybe one day I will make one about making trace monotypes with microcrystaline wax and oil based inks.

Bookart competition (clo 18 Jan 2010)

The Art Gallery of York University (Canada)  is now accepting submissions to the AGYU Artists Book of the Moment competition.

Following the closing deadline, our panel of adjudicators will assess all submissions. Taking into consideration the jury's eclectic tastes, a selection of the books will be deemed worthy of the AGYU ABotM designation – a rare honour indeed!

Bookart image by  Angela Cavalieri (Australia)

The singular book that rises to the top of the ABotM will receive a cash award of $1,500 (Canadian funds, of course).

Submission Deadline is 18 January 2010.

Submission guidelines available on our website:

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Master class in Safer Printmaking ( sign up ASAP if you are interested !! )

There's a notice on the notice board at the  print workshop, that Steve put up ( a few days ago).   I saw him working on it,  on the computer screen, in the office.  
I think he wanted to get it up on the notice board, so that people could begin to find out about it.  
It would seem that the people attending the Monoprint master class last Friday which was lead, by Kate Downie, indeed did see it,  as some of them have signed up, already.

Steve was  just about to head off to spend a few days in Switzerland, visiting relatives.  Hope he has a good time as he has been ill all of last week, with a virus.

I was talking to Thora Clyne, yesterday ( good to see her back after a few weeks away from the workshop) about these upcoming classes with Carol and Robert, saying to her, that we ought to notify members. 

Then she said “Look here, it’s up on the wall and already some people have put their names down”.  I hadn't realized it was already up on the notice board.   Eeek I thought, Oh my goodness, I have just got to get my name on there, to get a place on these courses.  
I had not realized that Steve had managed to get that done before he went off on his trip.    

The Master classes that I am referring to, are those which Carol  Robertson and Robert Adam will be leading.  

As you may or may not be aware their approach to printmaking is on the basis of incorporating as many non toxic interventions as possible.    

You may be aware also that they were involved in the instigation/ research and development, of the range of Lascaux, safer non toxic products for printmaking.

See their book "Intaglio" for more information on this and all matters concerning contemporary printmaking practice in this respect.  I (Aine) have had this book for over  a year now and I highly recommend it.

It's gone down in price from when I bought it - I think it was about £25 -30, back then !!! (bah!!)

Incidentally, most of the Lascaux printmaking product range are now  stocked by Intaglio printmakers suppliers in London.

You might also want to check out the Lascaux web site for info about the range of products.


Costs for the workshops are £60  (£50 for members).

Week one    Saturday  14th    November  10 – 4.

Screen Printing

Week 2     Saturday   28th  November  10 – 4.

Preparing positives for screen print using Lascaux acrylic etch products and other materials  (these positives can also be used for photo etching).

NOTE There will be a Master class on 'photo etching' (2 sessions) in February 2010 (next year).  These will be lead by Paul Musgrove, who has been recommended to us, by Alfons Bytautas,  senior etching technician at Edinburgh Print workshop.

Week 3    Saturday  5th December   10 – 4.

Collagraph; using the Lascaux acrylic etch product range amongst  other materials.

Week 4   Saturday  12th December  10 – 4.

Acrylic Etch 

using Lascaux acrylic etch, products and other materials. 

These workshops will be in the form of 'demonstrations' as opposed to practical hands on workshops.

So put your name down on the notice board at the workshop if you want to do any of these sessions.

FDPW would like to acknowledge the generous support received from The Andrew Carnegie Trust which has helped to make these Master classes possible.

Monday, 5 October 2009

(S)edition printmaking opportunity (closes 16th October 2009)

As part of it's ongoing commitment to promote challenging, innovative practices in the visual arts, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) is seeking artists to submit entries to an international juried exhibition of contemporary printmaking. 

Accepted works will be exhibited in the Monroe Avenue Gallery of the UICA, from December 11th – March 5th, 2010. 
With respect to this exhibition, the concept of printmaking is an expansive one.
(S)Edition: Prints as Activism will provide a venue for contemporary artists to connect the 21st century language of printmaking to the medium’s history as an instrument of democracy. 
Exhibited artists will demonstrate the viability of prints to engage issues of social and environmental justice.  The conceptual focus of (S)Edition is printmaking’s continuing service in this role.

Deadline 16th October

Send images on a CD to Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

The address to send entries to is in the PDF (entry form) which you can download  at:  uica's website

Recent Printmaking activity at FDPW

Here is a photo of some lovely bird "friends" that Susan Smith has been working on (lino cut) .  Thanks to colin B for photo.  Yes I know it could be  a better photo but it's just to give a sense of it.......