Sunday 11 March 2012

Prospect Studios

I've just spent another fantastic weekend at Alan Birch's printmaking workshop at Prospect Studios in Waterfoot, Rossendale, experimenting with a mix of etching, drypoint and multi-block lino cut printmaking. I had plans to do a vast amount - including monoprinting - which I've had to leave until next time.

These workshops are great and I feel like a regular already, despite this only being my second visit. The atmosphere is relaxed, the group size is small, with around 7 or 8 people, everyone is busy on their chosen projects and Alan manages to help and guide everyone - and supply plenty of tea! Perfect!

Below you can see how things went. I created a 2 block linocut using oil-based ink, then added a drypoint image over the top. This is the first attempt at this image. I have refined the lino blocks ready for next time, when I'll print in softer colours. I've also created an etching along the same lines, with 2 linocut blocks to match. Photos will follow next month...

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