Archives for February 2012

Open Studio Show & Sale

Watercolour & ink on BFK

This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26 from 1 – 5 pm both days I am hosting an Open Studio Show & Sale.  The original of the above watercolour piece, which is 7″ X 5″ on BFK Rives paper, will be for sale and also available as a card – perfect for that special person you’d like to acknowledge!  I will have 12 card images available as well as bundles of handmade thank you cards and hand-pulled monoprints, chine colle prints, digital prints, and paintings will also be on sale.  My home will be transformed into an art gallery!

The multi-media printmaking project I worked on last year, Oh! What a Life! will also be on display again for those that missed the first showing in December at Ground Zero Printmakers (see their link on the sidebar).

I know there is a lot going on in Victoria this weekend so I would be so grateful if you could attend this weekend’s event (before you sit down to watch the Oscars!)

Printing with stencils

Stencil printing at Ceceila Press

In my last post I mentioned that I was on my way over to Cecelia Press printmaking studio.  Above is one of the prints I created using stencils and Aqua Wash inks.  I’m having fun moving the stencils around the page and adding more colours to other prints.  These colours remind me of the popsicles I would buy at the corner store as a child.  Lorraine said they look delicious! 

Close-up of stencil print

Here’s a close-up of the print in the top photo.  I cut the stencils from photographic paper and used a hole punch for the circles and cut the other shapes with an x-acto knife then rolled the ink on with a brayer.  The Aqua Wash inks are new to me so it’s taking a bit of time to get used to them.  I’d like to try them on my zinc and copper plates and see what kind of results I get as opposed to the oil-based inks I have used.  Okay, gotta go … back over to Cecelia Press for more printmaking fun!

Watermedia play

Surface Study #2

A few weeks ago I started a class at the Vancouver Island School of Art called Watermedia Drawing with the inspiring instructor, Tracey Nelson (  The first day we had to tape off a section of the classroom tables (you know those 6′ plastic ones that get covered in paint, etc. from overuse)  then create a painting.  The first one I did, Surface Study #1, appears on my Home page for the month of February and on the Painting Page.  I took a photo of the table so I could continue working on it at home.  Keep in mind that the table was just a reference and I took it a lot further.  The painting above, Surface Study #2,  done on BFK Rives paper with ink and fluid acrylics, was done in a similar way, using a photograph I had taken of a concrete floor in a building on Salt Spring Island.  This is a great method to get started on a painting and or a background for a calligraphy piece. 

Today I will be heading over to Cecelia Press (printmaking studio of Lorraine Douglas and Susan Underwood) to begin working on new prints!  I have lots of ideas whirling around in my mind and can’t wait to get them down on paper.  Lorraine, Susan and I are booked to do a show of new work at Gallery 1580 here in Victoria May 22 – June 1.

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