Friday, 10 May 2019

May wkshop pt2

There was  considerable  good work produced on the subject of 'The Sea'  at the 'show and tell'  this month, the photos deserved a seperate blog.

Alcohol ink on metal

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

YUPO and Alcohol inks

Our May meeting saw us having a lot of fun as well as learning how to use alcohol inks with yupo paper, the latter being something not many of us had used before.  
Yupo paper is fully recyclable, waterproof and archival, and if you don’t like the effects you have achieved you can wipe it and start over. The ‘paper’ comes in various weights including transparent so it’s fun  to experiment.  Big thanks to Sue for leading the workshop and Chris and  others for sharing their equipment and inks.
As YUPO paper cannot tear although thin. it cuts and holds  beautiful detail with a knife or cutter 
We also enjoyed looking at books on the theme of ‘sea’, and other work in progress.

We are all looking forward to working with Paul Johnson on June 1st....Now Fully Booked.
Below is the mysterious animal caught on Frances's mammal camera........what do you think ?

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Pace Eggs

 Marilyn has shared some photos of experiments in eco-printing from her new studio and instructions on how to organically dye eggs.

Pace Eggs
Some cheap eggs, no need to be white
Squares of textile waste to wrap them in-ideally white, natural fibres
Papery onion skins
Small flowers, leaves, ferns

Lay the textile square on the table and place some onion skins on top
Put some flowers/leaves/ferns on top-not too many
Place egg carefully on the flowers and place more flowers on top
More onion skins around the egg
Wrap up the egg in the textile square, carefully, and make into a parcel with string or textile strips

Place the egg bundles into a pan if cold water and boil for an hour

Leave to cool, then remove form the water, open carefully and marvel at the patterns!

Pace Egging was popular all over England in years gone by, but is now mostly confined to Lancashire, Cumbria and parts of Yorkshire. Eggs can be rolled down a hill, or rolled in “battle” toward another egg. In each case, the un-cracked one, or least cracked one, is the winner.

You can keep them dry and they may remain wholesome for years, or they may rot. Perhaps best to photograph them for posterity. Blown eggs may work but would have to be carefully handled and wouldn’t work for the actual Pace Egging!

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Eco printing

Link to the above page to download the powerpoint on eco printing.

Thank you everyone for mucking in and making it useful and enjoyable. Fran

This month we had a discussion on the intricacies of rust resist , cyanotype and boiled or steamed paper with natural dyeing techniques, explained to us by Frances, aided by other members who had experience in this area.

We had a great time discussing the various ways to eco dye paper, led by Frances full of her tips about the pitfalls of the various processes and how to learn from her experiences. Others shared their own learning, so we all feel much more able to have a go. We also discussed cyanotype process and, again, our learning from trying this process,Who knew the many alternative uses for an electrical steamer and a nail dryer?! We also had a starter session on haiku composition, notes here on the blog.


It was good to welcome Estella to her first meeting for ages, and members shared some great completed books, or works in progress, and many ideas were raised about future workshops. We have confirmed a book to make with Paul Johnson, and can promise that anyone who has booked will take home a lovely book and plenty of ideas. Final payment for the day is due at our May meeting.

Sue Maloney will lead the May meeting, more details to follow.

Haiku composition.......Marilyn Tippett
Haiku is a Japanese poetry form, classically consisting of three lines, the first of which has 5 syllables, the second seven syllables and the third five syllables. Its aim is to take an idea or something seen, usually in the natural world, and break that idea down to its essence. So, for example, you might scribble a few lines about things seen on a walk: waves on the sea, ducks flying across the sky, sandpipers along the sea edge, a boy with a red ball, a dog chasing a stick. Once home and in a quiet, almost contemplative state, break down some of what you saw into three lines that seem to fit together. For example, the boy was chasing a red ball whilst the sea behind him rolled and a dog chased a stick. Then, see if you can write a haiku of three lines. You can change the order of things, and will almost certainly have to use different words to make the syllable scheme work. You may end up with something like this and it may take several attempts:

The rolling tide breaks,
bouncing a small boy’s red ball.
A chasing dog barks.
If you struggle with composition to begin with , have a look at masters of haiku like Matsuo Basho, and base your efforts on his. Do remember however that haiku in translation will not always follow the syllable rule! You can also string a series of haiku together to make a longer poem if you wish.

REMINDER........ Liverpool Print Fair,  Bluecoat,  27th April

Thursday, 7 March 2019

March Blizzards

For our main piece of work this month We made another Hedi Kyle book,  ably led by Jac. The Blizzard Book is a useful structure which enables individual pages to be worked on outside of the structure and then inserted later. As we made the book, which is definitely easier once seen rather than working from a written description, we discovered various other uses to which the spine on its own could be used.    This demonstrates  one of the great advantages of collaborative working.
We traded books, paper and other items at our swap table.


Our ' Reflections ' books were examined with interest, and other work in progress enjoyed,  with  several problems solved. 

Forthcoming Themes 
We  had several suggestions for future themes. After putting them all in the hat, the theme over the next 2 months is  'SEA', due at our May meeting.

It is also time to condsider the next season
 in the 'Woodland' project which  is obviously
(for new members this is an ongoing theme throughout the coming year, where individuals adobt and  visit some woodland in their own area and create seasonal responses.)

Next Workshop

Will be a  .... how-to-presentation..... and other  thoughts on Eco-printing using modified, buried and boiled paper.   Cyanotype and Rust imagery techniques will also be discussed.  This will be followed   with  some  Haiku Composition if we have time.
More details to follow in a future blog post

Sue Blackwell  a well known book artist  has an interesting Kickstarter Project which is worth looking at.    She’ is at