I started this print way back in October last year but had to put it aside for a while for all the fairs I was doing before xmas. Also, I wanted to take my time over this (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!), as I was quite apprehensive about how to do the ‘shine’ on such black fur. I can’t tell you how long I stared at my dog to gauge the right shade of grey/blue to use under the final very dark blue/black – she did look a bit worried at times!
Here are the process photos. I used two blocks, one for the dog and one for the background. There are three colours on each, and as they don’t overlap, drying time was quicker and there is no thick build up of ink which can make the print look quite shiny.
These are still drying, then I have to edition them. When they are done I will put them on my online shop!
(If you hover (your mouse) over the picture, the caption appears).
Cutting out the main ‘dog’ block
Offsetting dog block onto background block
Pale orange/pink on floor and light blue/grey on dog
Cutting out the first floorboard lines, after the first solid colour was printed
I had a fabulous time last weekend at ‘Lustre’ design fair at Lakeside Arts in Nottingham.
The preview on the Friday was really busy (and made a few sales then too, so that was wonderful) as was the rest of the weekend. Had so many lovely comments about my work, backed up by good, steady sales – thank you to everyone who bought one of my prints or my cards, I hope you will enjoy them. I got a new gallery lead too, as well as a few emails from people requesting to buy a print that they said they regretted not buying at the time!
I was the only printmaker there (I think), so no competition! Definitely going to apply next year and hope they let me in again! Here are some photos of my stand and one or two other makers. It was very well curated and executed – huge thanks to all involved in setting it up!
I had a great couple of days at Leeds Print Fair last weekend – and a huge thank you to the people who bought my prints, I hope you enjoy them!
When I got back, I had an email from the lovely folk at the neo:gallery in Bolton, to say that both my prints have sold, so that made me really happy!
And this weekend, I am off to LUSTRE at Nottingham Lakeside Arts Centre. It’s going to be sparkly and very christmassy ( is that a word?). Come on over and get some lovely and original presents for yourself or others!
Well, finally I have stopped procrastinating long enough to do some research on shopping carts, (my life is SO exciting), only to find out that I can’t embed one on this website/blog. Not to worry though, as it’s the easiest thing to link to another site, and best of all, it appears to be working!
I have (most of) my original prints on there as well as a good selection of greetings cards (including some suitable for Christmas!) and I will be updating as and when I do more prints! Please do have a gander – just click on the picture above and you will be directed to the site. Once there, if you want to return to this blog, just click on ‘return to site’ in the right hand column.
Oh – you thought I’d forgotten didn’t you? Alright then, go on, have free shipping for all orders for one month, use this code at the checkout – NEWSHOPPOST – and don’t keep it to yourself – tell your friends and family!!