Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Printmaking and the Art Diary Challenge

I've been surprised and delighted by the response to the challenge that I threw out to all our DMTV subscribers last week. Looks as though the idea of recording favourite subjects and significant events over a period of 3 months appealed to lots of people and I am so looking forward to seeing what everyone produces.

Barbara sent me her first 3 pages and already she's anticipating the kind of things I was planning to suggest!

Having been invited to a Hindu pre wedding celebration, Barbara was inspired by the colours and patterns she experienced.

That led her to make a lovely embellished heart in typically vibrant reds and gold. This translation from paper to fabric techniques is exactly how I'll be treating my own diary. I'd like to thank Barbara for generously allowing me to share the images! I'm going to have to work hard to keep ahead of her and our other creative members it seems!

My own desk is beginning to look quite busy though. I'm loving the cardboard printing we've been exploring on DMTV and printmaking is definitely one of the quickest ways I know to amass lots of work.

I've returned to some of my favourite subjects and I'm sure a few of these prints will find their way into my Art Diary. I love to integrate separate sheets of paper into a conventional sketchbook so they look as though they were always meant to be there! It's also so satisfying to include lots of different weights and types of paper instead of relying solely on the original pages.

Still can't get away from my favourite birds!

Thanks for reading today - I'll be back again soon. Linda x


  1. Barbara's pages are gorgeous! I am gather supplies and ideas for mine. I am so excited because I have been wanting to keep a visual journal, but never make the time for it. Now it is a priority - thanks! I poked around the gallery of the vase maker and my gosh! I love the way she uses nature in her designs. If you had not purchased the vase, I would never had known about her.

  2. I just thought I would put in my suggestion for those who want to do the printing without a press. Most of the die cutting machines on the market are really a simple press. My new one is able to take an A3 sheet of paper if necessary and I use cardboard and felt for padding

  3. Hi Vicki - that's a brilliant suggestion. Laura's got a die cutting machine and she told me the same thing but as I've never used one I hesitated to mention it. I'm sure everyone who has a machine will put it to good use!

  4. Dear Jeannie - no time like the present!!

  5. Can anyone suggest an inexpensive die cutting machine that would work for this? I have never used one and am not familiar with them...

    Janet In Tennessee USA

  6. what a collection of work, these all look amazing & I love the red heart from Barbara.

  7. Can anyone out there help Janet with her question? I don't have any experience of die cutting machines. What make is your's Vicki?