Monthly Archives: December 2009


Linocut, done directly with the sankakuto without any preliminary drawing. The brown one is Gmund Bierpapier (Boc) – recycled art paper made from beer. How awesome is that? I’ll tell you how awesome it is. It is AWESOME. The white one is, I’m fairly sure, Fabriano Academica. This piece was inspired by one of my […]

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Golden gridwork

I carved this block quite a while ago, but was disappointed with the effect just using printer’s ink. When I decided to try the gold I’d mixed up, though, it looked much better – the texture and gleam give the design much more depth. Of course, I’m also using heavily textured handmade paper here, so […]

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Relief printing with acrylic paint

I took an old printing block – my Celtic Cross block – and made up a large glob of gold acrylic, mixed with fabric medium, to use with it. The consistency is a lot thinner and sloppier than printer’s ink, so it’s harder to control, but that’s part of the fun of it. Apologies for […]

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Drypoint experiment 1

My first try at drypoint with watercolour pencils has given fairly encouraging results. Not very attractive, but then the idea was to answer the question, Can I print in watercolour without a press?, and it’s definitely that. This is my first time working with a drypoint needle, so one of the things I learn from […]

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V&A – Mediaeval and Renaissance Galleries

The V&A opened ten new galleries today, and I went along to see them. Even by V&A standards, they’re completely full of Shiny Things. I don’t think I can do descriptive justice to them, so I’ll leave you with some of the pictures I twittered from there. (On Twitter as @Eithin, please do follow!) A […]

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