I collect the images I use for my plates by watercolour painting en plein air. My sketch books are doing my head in. I like to use grounds - and I do this by making random grounds in my sketchbooks and then choosing appropriate ones on site - I now have loads of half finished sketch books - with interesting grounds that I rarely take with me becos they would all weigh too much and take up too much room. I can never find the images I want in these books. So I started making my own books with less pages (e.g. cliffs) - which was better- but not perfect - now have loads of little unfinished books. Another problem is my paintings were not the right size for my plates. So I have designed a modular system.
sketchbook number one - undo the paper clips and the paper can be easily
removed or added to
Sketchbook no 2
The papers - at the moment I use 220gsm cartridge paper with a coating of white gesso - but I could put any papers in. I can experiment with different grounds because they will only be taken out if I think I will use them. They are the size of my two favourite plates with a 3cm margin along the left hand side where they will eventually be bound into a book.
Book 1 with plate
Book 2 with plate
Then I have 2 sizes of mounts which the plates/prints fit in - both mounts fit into standard IKEA frames. Giving people the choice of cheaper framing
Then when I am satisfied with my collection of images - I can make them into a completed book that is full and label them appropriately
The book opens out flat so if I want to I can trace my image
T'other one - t1wo books from a weeks plein air painting in Skye - I can find my images way hay
The end result - don't look at the buckling it will be removed. I am happy so far with my system
The Intaglio girruls comprise of Louise Wilder (animal etchings) Uschi Pretsch (every printmaking technique offered by Edinburgh Prinmakers - main inspiration - her travels) and myself, Lindy Furby (collagraphs, somtimes drypoint of Scotland and birds)
Come and see us
This was the cottage we stayed in nestled under the Sligachan ridge. Very autumnal colours with a burn running by - in spate much of the time.
This is what it looks like framed up - temporarily hence the buckling. All my prints fit into IKEA frames and I sell them mounted so that people can simply slot them into the frame
These are the prints drying
These were printed at home on my trusty little xcut xpress - this is the mess I make in my living room when I do it
Mum and I went to Skye. We stayed in Allt Dearg cottage just below the Sligachan ridge - an amazing venue for a mountain artist mountains all around.
And I mean all around - red Cuillin and Black Cuillin.
We collected images in often challenging conditions
And worked in the comfort of the cottage
Between us - quite a few images - work for the winter months - watch this space!