Friday, 31 May 2013

Print Exchange

I have recently been involved in a fun exchange organised by Lesley... of limited edition prints.
Now I am not a printmaker by any stretch of the imagination so this was quite a challenge, but after going through a lot of ideas that were then rejected mostly on the basis of I didn't have a clue how to do them I decided on a collagraph. A couple of years ago I did quite a bit of work on daisies resulting in a some embroideries and so I took this monoprint from my sketchbook at the time as a source of inspiration.
 
 
With the collagraph plate prepared, a couple of Saturdays ago I set aside a day for printing. Frustration struck almost immediately as I tried to get something with a little more colour than this. After several unsuccessful attempts I was getting to the stage where I was starting to think I needed to buy more paper, but then I decided to change from the ink I was using to oil paints.

 
This was better although now the prints were coming out too dark...

 
Eventually I managed to print an edition of nine prints of which I was moderately happy and six of them are now safely arrived with the other members of the print swap .

 
I've only ever attempted collagraphs once before but as then, I almost prefer the plate after printing to the actual prints.

 
As there were a total of seven of us taking part in the exchange that means I have a couple of spare prints left from the edition so I thought I might give one away on here as a thank you to everyone who continues to read and follow my blog... there wouldn't be much point without you! So leave me a comment by Sunday 9th June to let me know if you would like to win a print and I'll pick out a winner.

 
Not all of the other prints have arrived yet as some participants have been away but when I've got the full set I'll show you them all. It's been a lovely exchange (if a little nerve wracking) so thank you Lesley. I've really enjoyed it.

25 comments:

  1. These are lovely Gina and yes please, I would love to win a print. I think I'm ready to start another swap too. showing all my swaps to 2 groups recently made me realise what fun it had been.

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  2. They're gorgeous prints Gina, such a good idea too!
    Just catching up with you, congrats on getting through to the next round of the bake off, your cake looked delicious and obviously was. :)
    V xxx

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  3. Yes - I agree - the plate after printing is so rich looking BUT the prints are lovely too and I would love one! I used to love printing with my class of 6 year olds - messy but great fun! x Jo

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  4. Your print turned out well, and yes the plate looks worth framing in its own right. Wish I had had time to join in, but quilt had to take priority this time.

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  5. yes please I'd like to win aprint - did you use a pasta machine or have you got the real thing?!

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  6. Your prints are lovely and I'd love to win one!

    I'm looking forward to seeing all the other prints too, I was too chicken to join in :/

    x

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  7. Yes please Gina - I'd love one of your prints. Like you, I find the plates even more interesting than the prints themselves.

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  8. To win one of your print's would make my 60th birthday next week very special - I'll even bake the chocolate tomato cake!

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  9. Super little print. I must have another go with mine, you so inspirational!!! Yes a little print of yours would perhaps spur me on. :)

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  10. I see what you mean about the plate after printing, it does look rather nice.

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  11. What a great idea - though I have to admit I'm not sure what a collagraph is (off to google it!!)

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  12. I see what you mean about the printing plate Gina - it's absolutely gorgeous. I've never tried this - did you use wood as the substrate? It's a beautiful picture, love the shape of the petals.

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  13. The print plate is definitely worth framing,it's beautiful. I love the effect you have achieved with the oil paint. I wouldn't have thought of doing that so may have to try it.

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  14. Along with all the others, yes please Gina I would love a print.

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  15. I would love to win a print, but I agree with you, the plate looks gorgeous. I am keeping my fingers crossed for you baking your Victoria sponge. I do hope you win again. Cheers

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  16. I would love the print (or plate) and if I win I'll send you a print as a thank you ... Which should get me working on some of my textiles instead of just sewing :)

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  17. Your print would look lovely on my bedroom wall!

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  18. Beautiful, would look luverly at the foot of my satirs ;)
    x

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  19. I would love to win a print, I am experimenting with printing myself but only have limited resources

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  20. I am appalled that you haven't got through to the next round! You don't have to taste your cakes (much as I would like to!) to see that they must be delicious. The judges were obviously jealous ;-)
    Kath (nb Herbie)
    P.S. yes please, put my name in for a chance of winning the print.

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  21. I think your prints are great Gina, I have had limited success with printing but your work had given me renewed encouragement.Thank you. I would love to win a print. Keep baking you have such talent in all areas.....

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  22. Speaking as someone who has already seen this up close and personal, I'm not surprised there's a queue of people wanting to have a copy! It's been a great exchange to be part of. Thanks Gina.

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  23. Looks as if this was as much fun as our round robin. The prints look lovely but I see what you mean about the plate. I would be very pleased to win a print please may I enter the giveaway.

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  24. I would love the print, I can even think where it would hang,so I would pass it frequently everyday and it could be very appreciated by my visitors as well!(is that obsequious enough?)Actualy just checked that place out and it could be nicked so having to rethink. x

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  25. Love the daisies, would a love a chance to win a print. Colours on the plate are so rich!

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