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With the drawing, printing and hand-colouring finally complete, these little (each one is ±9x9cm), colourful specimen screenprints are now available in my shop >

I was glad to use this project as an opportunity to play with lots of colour, but while I was at it I couldn’t resist pulling a few clean, black-only prints. I do love the clarity and simplicity of a velvety black screenprint! These are also now available in my shop >

And I love the cobweb-on-a-frosty-morning quality that white ink on a darker background has, so I made a few variations in white on coloured pastel paper. These aren’t currently available in my shop, but if you’re in Amsterdam you can pick ’em up at the always awesome Otherist store [Leliegracht 6, 1015DE, Amsterdam]

If you’ve just arrived at this ‘Process, part II’ post but would like to start with ‘Process, part I (drawing)‘ you can find it here

Working in colour doesn’t come naturally to me – I always feel I’m entering uncharted (and thus, slightly scary) territory when I work with colour rather than my preferred black and white. But I was determined to step out of my monochromatic comfort-zone with this project and experiment with colour… plenty of it!

[1] thinking about colour, and [2] my inks mixed (I may be a little afraid of working with colour… but I love me a bit of gloopy ink mixing!)

a simple one-colour print – gorgonacea/sea fan coral
[1] screen prepared with image ‘stencil’ [2] printing (doesn’t that ink look utterly delicious!) [3] completed prints on drying rack

a four-colour print – lepidoptera/moths
[1] screen prepared with image ‘stencil’ for first colour (teal wings) [2] two colours printed [3] three colours printed [4] completed four-colour print

[1] the well-used, but trusty, “red table” @ the AGA, and [2] multi-colour prints in various stages of completion

Once the printing was complete I added hand-coloured details to some of the specimens… pictures of that third and final stage of the process coming up in my next post.

An aside:

The sharp-eyed amongst you might feel you’ve seen those moths before. If you saw my Berlin grafica Part I or Part II posts you’d be right! Unfortunately I had a few ‘snap-off’ problems when printing the fourth and final (black) colour – I stubbornly ignored these problems (hoping they’d go away!) rather than taking the extra time required to correct them. The result was a set of slightly sub-standard prints not up to scratch to be editioned… but perfectly acceptable for a bit of street art action (which I’ve dubbed ‘moth-bombing’ ;)

Hunnerpark, Nijmegen

Ackerstraße, Berlin

With a handful of prints and a box of pushpins permanently in my bag, more moths will no doubt be alighting in the parks and on the streets of various cities in the future…

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A gift from a friend @jessebreytenbach a couple of years ago, this tiny, beautiful artwork has taken on a deeper poignancy and significance… [Artist: Stephanie Simpson @me_and_norman] - #stayhome #isolation #art #hope #collage #foundtext #goldleaf #gold #crescent #moon #spring #blue #sky #birds #seagulls #soar -
There’s a cat among the pigeons... A very good reason to #stayhome Be safe, be well. - #idiom #pigeons #cat #grayson #grey #greeneyes #ThinGreyDuke #onelungedwonder #MegaLung #GraysonTheGreat #socks #catsofinstagram #catsofholland -
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Venetian grafica, part I (part II to follow, because Venice is an incredibly visually rich place – what textures! what colours! what magnificent, ancient urban decay! – and I was incapable of culling my photos down to just the ten permitted by IG in a single post!) - #venice #urbanenvironment #streetart #graffiti #urbanart #architecturalsculpture #stonework #medieval #embellishment #grotesque #chimera #water #reflections #canals #damp #edvardmunch #scream #selfie #baroque #vivaldi #scubamask #violin #owl #tourist #raven #plaguemask #pattern #colour #art #climatechange - Credits: The ‘man with violin’ street art is by Blub, based on an anonymous portrait of (probably) Antonio Vivaldi c.1723. Other artists unknown (to me). - [Photos taken in November 2019, shortly before this vulnerable, fascinating city was once again flooded, and long before Italy went into the current lockdown state]
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Glasgow grafica… - #glasgow #scotland #winter #urbanenvironment #streetart #graffiti #urbanart #mural #mushrooms #amanitamuscaria #highrise #highway #creatures #animals #cat #entangled #yarn #birds #beak #steeple #sandstone #gardenshed #hedgehog #treeskeleton #silhouette #concretejungle #pattern #colour #art - (December 2019)

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