Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Toby Rampton

Toby Rampton is a Norwich based illustrator inspired by mid century design these are some of his seasonal riso prints.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Lisa Jones

Commissioned for the V&A Museum's India Festival this autumn this is Lisa Jones's fluorescent riso print. Lisa and her partner Edward design cards, stationery and products including many beautiful risograph images.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Kristyna Baczynski

My focus for the week is risographs, while trying to make a nod to the rapid approach of Christmas. This risograph 'Winter Pals' is by Kristyna Baczynski a Leeds based artist who works as an illustrator and comic /zine creative. Kristyna has won a Northern Design Award and her comics have been nominated twice for British Comic Awards and this year her comic 'Hand Me Down' was nominated for Best Short at the 2016 Eisner Awards.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Riso . . . Risotto II

Initially at Risotto we worked as two groups creating the two layers required to demonstrate the effects of Risography using collage and mark making (see above). We could then see how the colour flattened out and then the effect of merging the two layers in two colours (see below).

Below is one of Lucie Mouchova's layers and below that the finished two colour risograph. I have to say it was just great fun, great fun to play with a new media, a new palette of colours and to have the shock of the unexpected.

Riso . . . Risotto I

On Friday I attended a workshop at Risotto in Glasgow, run by Mari Campistron and Gabriella Marcella in Risograph Printing with my friend Lucie. I didn't know what to expect which was lovely, so I took my trusty art bin and laptop and off we went. Risotto is a wonderful bright space and had an exhibition of Risograph art from around the world including many artists books.

Above: Gabriel Leger and Aurelien Farina of Paper Tiger.

Above: Tiny books by Ruja Books and Bananafish books. 

Above: Lucite Tokki wallflower flip books.
Above: Gabriella Alcala and Below Risotto's own bold graph designs.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Friday, 2 December 2016

Rocío Araya Gutiérrez I

It is a joy to share the illustrations of Rocío Araya  Gutiérrez, wonderfully collaged, and beautifully messy with visible overlaid working and drawing. Her work is a visual poetry full of story and joyful stories. Thank you Dom

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Suminagashi Paper Marbling

I tried Suminagashi paper marbling yesterday, you have to be very patient. The process reminded me of making a zebra cake, which having made once, I promised myself never again.
I started with quink ink, and then thought I might get better results with calligraphy ink.
I have to say the quink ink worked best, but I still don't believe it was the best ink to use so any tips would be gratefully received.
In this process you use two soft brushes, one for ink and one for soapy water, alternating between the two, gently adding them to the surface of a tray of water. when you have made a detailed tree ring of concentric circles you can use a cocktail stick or other sharp thin implement to draw a pattern through it and then print onto paper by laying the paper on the surface.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Printing with tissue paper

I am trying to prepare for an artist's book event at the end of February, and I am busy creating a range of books. It is great fun trying new book making techniques and styles. This one has a character who says unpleasant things and is duplicitous, speaking with many tongues.

Whilst working I have rediscovered printing with tissue paper. This is the unfixed, cheap tissue paper that loses its colour when wet. creating an uneven print with all the appeal of happy mistakes. I cut out stencils place them on the drawing paper paint them with water and leave them to allow the ink to be released before peeling the tissue paper away.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Lynn Arnold

Lynn Arnold has a great love of music which she sometimes commits to paper in her expressive collaged works. The works I have selected are; Above, 'Martha and the Vandellas' and Below, 'Bob Dylan'.

"In my paintings, I play with color and texture to convey a kind of narrative, translating the world around me. I use collage and objects of personal interest to me that become anchors or signposts guiding the viewer through my work. Using a combination of mixed media I also explore the human psyche as well as physical aspects through figurative abstraction. I play with a balance of the sensitive and the raw, the obvious and the vague in my artists’ world." Lynn Arnold

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Heidi Rosin

German artist and graphic designer Heidi Rosin's works are small (usually 30 x 40 cms) mixed media pieces with layered and collaged meanings. Heidi's recent works feature horses and people but have no title to assist their interpretation. They are vivid emotional works that tell strange and worrying stories in a brutal but primitive style like miniature graffiti's shouting back at the world.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Maria Luque

After the domestic intimacies of Natasha Uspenskaya today we are off to bed with bright contemporary images by Argentinian illustrator Maria Luque.