This design based on a flower stamen was developed from a photo image taken with a macro lens and drawn in pen and ink. The idea was inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe.
I used a zinc plate, polished and degreased with a chalk and citric acid mix to enable a hard ground to be layed then ‘smoked’ which would allow for crisp line mark-making with a stylus.
The plate was then etched using nitric acid for 6 mins (20:1)
The ground and any stop was then cleaned off with paraffin, and the plate was inked up using a traditional, oil based ink, Paper was prepared by soaking for 5mins and blotting (paper on cheek test!), and stored under plastic sheet until ready for printing.
The plate was then placed on the bed of the printer on a sheet of tissue to protect the blankets from absorbtion of excess ‘size’ squeezed out from the paper during the print process; it also to protects the expensive blankets from any ink marks. The prepared paper is then carefully positioned on top of the inked plate and another sheet of tissue is layed on top of paper. The blankets are carefully placed on top of the assembly of tissue, plate, paper and tissue and the roller is turned to emboss the intaglio print into the dampened paper.
The resultant print
Note: finger prints at the top of the plate. The plate is highly vulnerable during the process and must be handled with care. I also noticed scratching across the image – this could be due to other plates coming into contact in the draw whilst in storage. I will cover plates with card and elastic bands next time. Other faults include ‘bands’ down the left and right hand sides – this was due to stop-out used to protect the edges during ‘smoking’ of the plate. I will paint much thinner lines on each side next time – if at all.
These are screen print designs based on actual windows in and around Braintree and Bocking, Essex.
Mixed media collage of paper, card and fabric. Looks better in the flesh!
Sat at the side of a field on a glorious evening with golden light and sketched this
Three posters created for Rayne Arts Festival – I was a founding member of the team. Great memories and brilliant music and comedy. Happy times!
I wanted to capture the style of the 30’s With the architecture of the rail station and the fashion of the times.
The event at Rayne Station, a disused building where the lines had been taken up as part of ‘Beeching’s axe’ of the railways in the 60’s, ran for a few years between 2011-2013.
We wanted to give a platform for young and local talent. We had singers, bands, folk bands, art, comedy – a real family treat – all in aid of developing talent and donating to ‘The Friends of Flitch Way’.
I love drawing these . . .
Grandchild meets Mika the cat for the first time. A magical moment captured. I created this using a photoshop filter.
I had fun creating these for a production company . . .
Created this for a local Braintree band
I like using textured paper with this one wet-on-wet ink on paper.
Painted this back in 1990 and it’s still there!
Used plywood to create this woodcut print
I really like this grunge effect – created on the iPhone
Created this in paper and card for background to an album cover.
Used bleach to create interesting textures and highlight effects
Used Photoshop to create this image. Love the movement.
Used a polystyrene base from a pizza to create this image. Scratch lines show up well when inked up with a brayer.
The original plate:
Many layers in Illustrator to create this one!
Can’t remember what app I used to create this from a photo but I’m really pleased with the final image.
Meet Herrie, the Airedale. He’s a big dog and full of character. Next time I’ll suggest the outline rather than draw it. I’m pleased with it though – well I loved drawing it and that’s the main thing!
Etchings using zinc plate of one of my favourite places in Essex. I used cotton buds to lift the cloud effects.
“Let life dance through your heart” Mary O’Malley
Experiments for a Welsh water bottle logo using Celtic themes of interlocking patterns suggesting the cyclic nature of life and recycling of water.
Ideas for a bronze – the shape was inspired by the horse’s flayed nostrils I have explored in other sketches. I wanted to capture the bright smooth edges and the sensual, tacktile feel of the tear-drop shapes. This might work well as bronze sculpture.
I used Derwent Pastel pencils to create this image of a pair of scissors.
Here are some experiments and sketches inspired by Georgio O’Keefe exhibition at the Tate Modern, London.
Some experiments with texture. I used inks, bleach, collage and protography to creates these grungy textures.
ST. IVES – Created using mostly the pen tool in Illustrator . . .
These were printed on various paper types using ink, bleach and various techniques overlayed with cut card. The final images were enhanced using Photoshop CS6.
Uni-ball Signo on black card
Bocking near Braintree, Essex: a place full of character and history.
Tissue and card spray mounted on paper. I love the texture and physical feel of theses two pieces.
iPhone art apps have come along way in a short time – they really are becoming quite usable. They still have their limitations, but it’s fun finding ways to working within them, and with interesting results. Created using Sketches Pro on an iPhone 4S:
It’s the process, rather than the end result, that I love about abstract art.
Used a the natural shape of a pebble found on the beach in Devon. Used the veins of quartz as the cells to fill in.
Exploring positive/ negative space and form.
Card on paper
Print on scanned background