Experiment in printmaking

I’ve been learning a few new printmaking methods on my course at Leith School of Art. Recent methods relate to working with simple tools and materials because the course is temporarily online until lockdown restrictions are eased.

This week we learned ‘kitchen litho’, a form of lithography using silver foil, wax crayons, Coca Cola, vegetable oil and oil paint. Here is an image of a plate and of two prints.

A kitchen litho plate
A kitchen litho plate
Print using kitchen litho
Print using kitchen litho
Print using kitchen litho
Print using kitchen litho

Empty Streets

A book of lino cut prints and rubber stamping of words that have become part of our everyday vocabulary.

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Empty Streets. Artist book, Lino print and rubber stamping on Somerset Satin white paper. Six pages plus front and back cover. £40
Empty Streets. Artist book, Lino print and rubber stamping on Somerset Satin white paper. Six pages plus front and back cover. £40

High Rise – a new artist book

High Rise artist book, rubber stamping, monoprint and typing 10cm high x 18cm long closed £30
High Rise artist book, rubber stamping, monoprint and typing 10cm high x 18cm long closed £30

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High Rise artist book, rubber stamping, monoprint and typing 10cm high x 18cm long closed £30
High Rise artist book, rubber stamping, monoprint and typing 10cm high x 18cm long closed £30
High Rise artist book, rubber stamping, monoprint and typing 10cm high x 18cm long closed £30
High Rise artist book, rubber stamping, monoprint and typing 10cm high x 18cm long closed £30
High Rise artist book, rubber stamping, monoprint and typing 10cm high x 18cm long closed £30
High Rise artist book, rubber stamping, monoprint and typing 10cm high x 18cm long closed £30
High Rise artist book, rubber stamping, monoprint and typing 10cm high x 18cm long closed £30
High Rise artist book, rubber stamping, monoprint and typing 10cm high x 18cm long closed £30
High Rise artist book, rubber stamping, monoprint and typing 10cm high x 18cm long closed £30
High Rise artist book, rubber stamping, monoprint and typing 10cm high x 18cm long closed £30
High Rise artist book, rubber stamping, monoprint and typing 10cm high x 18cm long closed £30
High Rise artist book, rubber stamping, monoprint and typing 10cm high x 18cm long closed £30

Inspired by High Rise by J G Ballard (1975), this book contains rubber stamping and monoprints of imaginary brutalist high rise buildings. The typed text is key words taken from the book, but breaks down and eventually collapses as does the life of the inhabitants of the fictional high rise.

Morning exercises

I’ve been using off cuts from my painted papers and reject prints to make small collages each day, to get my creativity warmed up. Here’s a small selection.

A New Project for a New Year

I’m working on a new project, an installation. Here’s a sneak peak at one of the prints I’ve made as an experiment before tackling the final pieces. The working title is High Rise.

A different kind of Christmas Market

Lynda Wilson Artist at Makeshift, Out of the Blue Drill Hall
Lynda Wilson Artist at Makeshift, Out of the Blue Drill Hall

The Christmas market at Out of the Blue Drill Hall in Edinburgh was a bit of an experiment where the makers just dropped off their sales items for the staff to display and sell on their behalf. Visitors had to book a slot in advance so it wasn’t certain that enough people would sign up to make it worthwhile. In fact it was a sell out!

The yellow print top left went off to a new home and lots of other pieces were sold. A great idea by Out of the Blue staff for negotiating the current situation.

Christmas Market

Monoprint
Monoprint

I’ll be selling my prints – screenprints and monoprints – and note cards and postcards at Makeshift – Exhibition and Sale, at Out of the Blue, Drill Hall, Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh on Saturday 12 December 10-6. Entry £2. Bookable time slots through Eventbrite.

Artisan goods, ceramics, prints, jewellery and gifts by local makers. Drill Hall cafe serving delicious food, hot spiced drinks and traditional festive treats.

More info herehttp://outoftheblue.org.uk

Christmas gifts

I’m missing being able to sell and chat to customers at my usual Christmas fairs. Check out my shop page and you’ll find prices start at £15 for prints and £13 for books. Still time to order and receive in time for Christmas!

Boats in Harbour screenprint edition of 10
Boats in Harbour screenprint edition of 10 21x29cm image and paper size £15 inc UK p&p

Learning new techniques

Lynda’s printmaking course is going well and still happening in the real world, with lots of anti-Covid precautions being taken. This term is mostly about learning different printing methods with some thoughts as to how to develop ideas over the whole year.

Here is a woodcut – the firsts woodcut Lynda has ever made!

Lynda also screenprinted some fabrics at a recent workshop with Blessed Unrest artist Lorna Brown at Out of the Blue Studios in Abbeyhill, Edinburgh. Some were made into small bags.

A new venture

Lynda has started a year long printmaking course at Leith School of Art. She’s using it to enhance her practical skills and to challenge her ideas about what printmaking can be, beyond her present practice. Despite Covid, it has been possible to have a ‘real’ course.

She has also returned to Edinburgh Printmakers where she has resumed her screenprinting projects.