Gelli plate

Helen and Jean October 2017

This month when I received the sketchbook Helen had made some great Gelli plate prints!

She had add some line drawing to this one which I continued.

The natural detail and colour on these prints is lovely. I’d like to try this myself soon. My additions were also based around Gelli plate printmaking, onto tissue dress patterns and maps. I like the way the text on dressmaking patterns can be part of the image. Printing onto tissue also allows for drawing onto and onto the print using the quality of the paper.

I’ve been experimenting with small (A6) monoprints onto maps lately and above is a trial of a larger version for this sketchbook. I’ve been mainly blocking out using cut and turn shapes, looking for parts of the map to allow to show through, and later in the process, looking for parts of the print to show through. Drawing onto the prints often then turns them into a more pictorial form.

On the final page I included some map cutting. Initially I was going to use this to print throughout seeing it on the black paper page I was struck by the colour and detail of the map against the dark of the page.

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November receiving and sending

Over the last few swaps Linda and I have come to a mutual agreement to divide the last few pages equally so that we complete our sketchbook with the last pages in December. When I made the sketchbook in January I had tried to include enough pages and although we have added pages to the top and bottom of the existing pages we have only just had enough to finish. This has coincided with a busy autumn for both of us so maybe its just as well.

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Linda had made this page with some collage materials – I love the marbling. I haven’t done any marbling since I was a primary school teacher and this made me recall the wonder of the children when we lifted the paper from the water. I must have a go.

 

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The other page folded out into this amazing image! I love the use of the gold leaf we were sent and the found image of the Clangers looking in at me – its like I’m at the bottom of a hole or in another universe. I haven’t used my gold leaf yet as I’ve been too hesitant.

This inspired me to make a larger more pictorial image. I had made some very small Gelliplate prints in October so I made a much larger version  based on universes. Maybe those Clangers are out there on one of those planets!

  

October – receiving and responding

At the beginning of October I received the sketchbook started by Mary. Mary had added these pages.

2015-10-30 16.40.47I like the dark print on the bubble print background and it reminds me of the chine colle I use when I am printing collagraphs. The background of the image joins to the map on the next page and the text is from some of the vintage paper I’d put into the back pocket of the sketchbook last month. It fits the map so beautifully!

Mary had also made these pages from ink painting, collage drawing and printing. I enjoyed adding to it with more collage and drawing. Over the last two years of working together we have become much more collaborative in our approach to the pages. In this second year especially we tend to leave space for each other on the pages.

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The next page had the last of pink that had spread through so many pages earlier this year. I happened to have just made a small monoprint using the Gelliplate in pink and blue so this was perfect to add and develop on the page. Gelliplate monoprinting is a resource and process I have come to through the sketchbook circle and enjoyed very much. During #printoctober I made and posted a monoprint on a vintage book page like this every day.

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When I made the next pages I had just returned from the Ai Weiwei exhibition at the Royal Academy. I had seen so many instances of material and objects combined and confined within frameworks. This reminded me of Tony Cragg’s ‘Stack’, something I drew in my other sketchbook circle sketchbook.

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In this double page I used a lot of random collage to fill in between the card struts. The image below is constructed from photos of the textures and materials I saw in the Ai Weiwei exhibiton.

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2015-11-08 15.21.24After I had finished my pages and was packing up the sketchbook to go back to Mary I came across these fishes, hiding away in the back pocket. It was too late but I hope they return to me next time so I can make a home for them in one of the last pages!