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Detail of 'Eighty Years Later'

I have glued most of the images and textures onto the artwork although I will add a few at the end if required. The next stage was to add the text. For the heading I used my letterpress wood type and after a little practice, I tackled the real thing praying I wouldn’t make a spelling mistake. I used coloured ink and allowed the colours to blend, keeping a palette of blues, greys and lilac and I will live with the slightly wobbly letters. For the main body of text I considered using a computer font and rubbing it on using artists’ thinners. In the end with encouragement from Lin Kerr, I bit the bullet and wrote in my own ‘fair’ hand. I took the view that this isn’t a computer generated image and what seems like imperfection provides the character. Wondering what this is about? Click here to find out more about this project.

Placing the first layer (feather monoprint) and preparing the photographic images

Sticking the first layer (feather monoprint) and preparing the photographic images

I have printed the photographic images onto Chinese rice paper using a laser printer – and almost destroying my printer as the rice paper is soft and not designed to be fed through it. So that the ink won’t dissolve when glue is applied, the images need to be fixed by spraying layers of Lascaux. I started gluing layers onto the base paper working very calmly and slowly when no children were around. As soon as you apply glue to the paper it becomes like wet tissue paper, is very difficult to handle and almost impossible to reposition, so learn to love the odd crease. I found that photographic images can’t be realigned at all because the ink starts to seep through even though I used fixative. I worked slowly but as efficiently as possible and then put it aside to dry. Wondering what this is about? Click here to find out more about this project.

Hard to make this picture exciting but at least you can see what 'stretched paper' is!

I am starting preparations for my artwork which include stretching paper and making glue. Paper is stretched so that when it is worked on, it won’t buckle  – like the precious love gifts painted by children. You wet the paper completely, lay in on a plywood board and glue it along the edges with gum tape so as it dries it can’t buckle and becomes a stable surface to work on. I haven’t stretched paper for many years and used to do it with my eyes closed BUT it didn’t work this time. I could cry, I have so little time to do art and now the most basic preparations weren’t working. What was wrong? I discovered that gum paper is now so flimsy that the glue dissolves too easily. I had to ensure that the paper was wet but blot it with a towel so it was not too wet and the gum paper could only be lightly dampened but still had to be wet enough to stick. I kept checking my paper as it dried and on the third attempt all was well. It appears that even stretching paper is an art form… bring back the old gum tape. Wondering what this is all about? Click here to find out more about this project.