I am back at my desk and putting everything I learned at CHA to good use, my desk has upon it the makings of an altered image....
Today I give you my final CHA review: Designing Downwards was my last CHA class. I love making prints and lino printing in particular. So Anna Bondoc's paper cuts class was a little piece of heaven for me. She took us through basic steps and progressed to quite complex layered down cuts, a principle that I will use to 'test' out my reduction lino prints - it is such a good way to check the end result on paper before cutting up the lino (no more holding my breath that I'm cutting the 'right' layer!).
Anna has just published a book (link below) - I have read it cover to cover and used the templates as practice paper cuts, I am fully addicted, and would heartily recommend you give this technique a go. Anna's approach is unique and you will learn to think differently, especially if you have never done printing or downward cutting before.
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I am saddened by the reluctance of many crafters to try creating their own mono-prints when they clearly demonstrate expert skills using rubber stamps to create a printed image. Paper cutting is a really good introduction to the concept of mono printing, and later in the year I have agreed to do a class for Jennie at the Shop where we will start with a paper cut print and develop it into a lino mono print and the students will leave knowing that they can confidently produce their own designs as mono prints or paper cuts. Anna's concept is an excellent way to give people practical experience of the positive and negative space created by pattern and print. A concept that needs to be understood in order to successfully produce interesting monoprints.
revisiting my desk - my journal, made from the parts sent by Darcy to me at Christmas, now contains what I fondly refer to as my CHA Chaos. I stuffed things into here everyday and wrote little notes and stashed receipts so my best memories could be more carefully and coherently explored on my return, some of the chaotic ideas in here will be converted to full art works.
my assessment of the 'new paint' ? if you want a VERY thin acrylic that you can apply rapidly using a sponge head to a large surface to produce a wash background you might want to buy it, it does not have acrylic paint properties when you come to do a second layer over the first application, it behaves more like a dry watercolour wash. So it's easy to apply more layers and not get mud, a problem a lot of people have when first learning to use paints. You pay your money you reach your own conclusion. Don't think I have a downer on Ranger - I cannot live without two bottles of picket fence wash in my paint basket. I am also a fanatic for dylusions because of their vibrancy.
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tomorrow I will tell you all about my extra curricular Californian adventures and maybe just share a couple of special personal moments from the CHA floor show