Saturday 28 October 2023
Thursday 19 October 2023
I was so saddened to hear of the death of a lovely soprano singer, Patricia Janeckova, who I had been following on Youtube. Her voice had been trained extremely well and she had a lovely singing technique. Sadly, she passed away due to breast cancer, at the age of 25. I think she would have had a wonderful career but at least we can still enjoy her voice and her performances. I had some singing lessons when I was at school, so have a little understanding of the technique and hers is the kind of voice I would have loved to have had.
Thursday 12 October 2023
It has been a rather messy seven/eight weeks, exploring pigments and powders. For me, these included embossing powder (where you use a sticky ink to adhere the powder, heat it and it leaves a raised glossy surface. It comes in a multitude of types now, metallic, clear, coloured, with glitter, with large or small particles.) There is also embossing glaze which is a translucent powder, leaving just a hint of colour. Pigments and powders also included Infusions (dyes with walnut ink added). I have Brushos (watersoluble pigments which came as a powder) and Pixie Powders (Dye based powders with added mica for a lovely pearly finish). Most of these will stain if you don't wear gloves, hence the messiness. They are fun to use though!
Thursday 5 October 2023
I enjoyed the Wanderlust Live weekend at the beginning of September where teachers from next year's course gave us some tasters of techniques and journal pages we may be doing. I decided to make a little journal with an example from each teacher. I was particularly taken with the simple collagraph with Claudette Hasenjager.
I had made collagraphs (colla meaning glue and graph meaning draw) before, when I did my Foundation in Art and Design course. These are plates made using collage with different textures, varnished (with shellac in my case, I remember) and then inked up and printed using a press. As the press squashed a little more detail out of the materials with each printing, they were a limited use plate, which I liked, as it made each version more special. I really enjoyed the process although it was quite a time consuming one to create the plate, then varnish it, wait for the first layer to dry then varnish it again. However, I was really impressed with the end result and the detail that was captured using simple materials, such as tin foil. (I enjoy all of the printing processes I have tried so far - lino printing, collagraph, simplified screen printing, block printing, hand carving my own stamps and printing with them, and monoprinting, using the gel plate).