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Sketching to print…

The Cornwall Design Fair has been and gone and as usual it was a lovely event! The prints I created for the curated exhibition received so many lovely comments and a few are off to new homes where I hope they will be enjoyed and live happily ever after.

When I designed the prints I decided I wanted them to have a combined graphic and watercolour feel which meant I would have to plan them very carefully and for the first time ever use more than two or three colours. Normally when I make a design it very quickly goes from quick biro sketch in my sketch book, quick drawing in photoshop to finished drawing and then onto the screens, but these needed a bit more than that so I decided to paint them out first…

The finished prints use five colours which is a brave new world for me, I even had to invest in some screen clamps to get the registration just right (a common piece of printing equipment in most studios I am told, but not in mine where most lining up is done by eye!) and designing them with solid colours and halftones to get the effect I was after was a challenge to be relished for sure.

Here they are on the left with their corresponding sketches on the right…

Standing/Thinking:standingthinking1standingthinkingGrazing:TrereifeTrereife2Apple Eaters:apple eatersappleeatersI am so pleased with them and I have loved comparing the prints with the original paintings. Paring down the colours was actually very fun and creating tertiary colours with layered halftones was eye opening for me. Cue a hundred and one new ideas about screen prints that I am itching to try!

I printed each design in an edition of 10, all signed and numbered, and will put them in the shop soon…


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