Finished print for the 2015 International Print Exchange



Ok, so here is my little (10 x 10cms!!) print for this year’s IPE. It’s a reduction print with 6 passes and it really was a little bit fiddly at that size. It has turned out pretty much as I had planned, although the gate wasn’t supposed to be quite that rustic looking. I was using my smallest gouge too – 0.5mm, I don’t think they come any smaller than that!

Just got to wait for them all to dry properly then wrap in tissue paper and send them off to Derby. I could obviously just take them there myself as its only half an hour away, but last time I went there I got shockingly lost and ended up on the road back to Nottingham….

Almost there with the Goat (Pussy) Willow print

Had a bit of a hiatus from printing lately, too many other things on…rescuing chickens being just one of them! But that’s another story…

Back to the willow print and I’ve been testing blue after blue to get the one I thought I wanted. Almost there but still can’t decide between the more turquoise colour or the more teal colour. This is the problem I have when doing a multi block print, I can never make my mind up! When I do a reduction print I just have to make a decision and go for it. I guess I could do a small edition of both?


First rough proofs of Goat Willow


Well, now I know why I do reduction prints most of the time… Although this is looking as I had hoped it would so far, I always forget how much more faffing and cutting and re proofing I need to do when doing a multi block print! I keep telling myself that it will be worth it in the end and at least I can experiment with colours, which I can’t do so much with a reduction. It’s all part of the process though and I have discovered an easier way of offsetting the key block onto the other blocks, one of the many things I have learnt today!