24 March 2008

just a little update...

...i am having a rest at the moment as i have a sore shoulder and am resting as i over did the screen printing last week. i also was stooped over the desk of doom for too long over the last couple of days and last week without a proper rest. i was trying to be good and do work. it never feels like work when i do it though as i get stuck into it. it feels amazing to doodle and screen print but when i get lost in the world of work i tend to over do it and cause myself pain and injury. i think i may go swimming this week in order to loosen up my shoulders and that. a bit of exercise and fresh air may help. i now have the required supplies to be able to put my designs onto products. i found a lovely white teapot, jug, egg cups, mugs and plates the other day and the special paper has arrived in the post. i will post pictures up in the next week or so. i was going to visit the Manchester craft and design centre today with it being a bank holiday or the bodyworks exhibition at the museum of science and industry but the centre was closed and the mister didn't fancy going to the exhibition today.

22 March 2008




a day out...

...yesterday i went to the imperial war museum in the north with John and Lu Shin. It is in Manchester's trafford park area and walking distance from the Lowry museum. it was a very cold and windy day but it was very nice to get out and do something with our day. there was also a special exhibition on about George Rodger and his war photographs. i would really recommend going to see it and the museum as it is excellent. i found it all really interesting as i was disappointed that we were not taught much about the wars at school. we also went to the Lowry but the actual L.S. Lowry bit was closed off. check out the link to find out more information about the imperial war museum as i am not very good at explaining things.

http://north.iwm.org.uk/server.php?show=nav.00c

20 March 2008


new doodles...

...staying on the theme of teapots. i have been drawing teapots of all kinds of shapes, jugs, cutlery, mugs, cups, irons and kettles. it is kind of a diary of my thoughts or what i do in a do. sometimes it is about the characters that i draw. i just write what i think i should write or what i hear people say. i am now off to finish off a lino print. it is just of some buttons for the robotington story as i am working on some semester one work while we are on an Easter break at university alongside semester two work. i think i have had a break through with my grandad and the bird tree story so am leaving that for the weekend. please click on the images to see them larger.
etching copper...

...on wednesday i had a little idea to etch copper as with watching other people work in the print room i felt like doing some etching - something other than screen printing. i have not done any etching since October. i thought about etching a teapot and and the surrounding space round the design so i could emboss it into paper. the edinburgh etch solution was working very slow and the teapot had been in there for over twenty hours. in the end i was too impatient and we asked some man in metal work to cut round the shape. the edges just need tidying up with another stay in the etch. i know the next time i try this process - either next week or the week after, exactly how long it takes and so i will be able to prepare properly. i will be able to organise other stuff that i can do while waiting for the edinburgh etch to do its stuff.

18 March 2008

envelopes on etsy...

...before i washed and cleaned my screen to start afresh, i decided to print two hundred envelopes. fifty were small and brown. fifty were long and brown. fifty were small and white. fifty were long and white. i can not remember their traditional names like C5 size or DL size though they sound familiar. each envelope has one design in the bottom right hand corner and each design has printed in a different colour. i have been very busy in the print room and need to get on and sort out the old robotington story and carry on with the weasel and wolf one so off i pop to doodle.

16 March 2008




a real mini adventure...
...another Debbie came to visit me today with her new little red mini called Betsy. on our way out she asked mister robotington if would like to join us and he quickly said yes but he was tad scared as he has never been in a car before. she reassured him that it would be okay and that he would like it if he gave it a try. so off we all went on our way to somewhere in the lakes. the destination was unknown really. i think mister robotington enjoyed the day out as he got to see loads of new things. there he is sat in the back with the seat belt on. we wanted to take him to a cafe but it was late and very dark by the time we got to Kendal. in the end we went to a pub for an orange juice but he stayed in the car as he was asleep and we thought it best not to disturb him. i wonder where he will go next?

15 March 2008

check out these posters...

...they are amazing. http://www.advicetosinkinslowly.bigcartel.com/ i was shown this website by catherine. an A3 poster for a fiver cant be bad. i have treated myself to the lion one about fears.
roll up roll up...

...the shop of ladysnail is open! i have listed five of the zines up for sale. i closed the shop before Christmas as there was too much going on for me to be able to concentrate on uni and everything else properly. hopefully more things will be listed soon but i am not going to focus too much too much on making stock to go in it just yet. please go and visit it but it is bit bare at the moment. this is my first listing in a while-http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=10288771
paper and pencil crayons...

...i have been colouring in a couple of the screen prints i did the other day. this one is Craig's purple colour which he kindly let me use to print onto some pastel paper. i think the purple outline looks good as it is not black and the paper really works well with the pencil crayon. i think i have tapped into some kind of style of working. i hate that word style though. i know for definite that i would love to be able to produce my illustration work via screen printing after uni. it makes me smile and i feel a lot better compared to last week. i like the whole method and production of creating a screen and the physical way of producing work. someone had the bright idea of me screen printing a limited edition run of the weasel teashop design-just the green outline one that can be seen in the previous post. bright idea? bright idea of hard work more like. we decided to go for twenty five prints but in the end i settled on twenty as it was hard work and very expensive to keep buying paper as i made a few mistakes along the way. i do have to say that i can imagine that the screen print will look amazing when it is all packaged up. i am thinking i may do a limited edition run of the purple design with it pencil crayoned in. maybe ten of that will do. my right shoulder and arm are sore today after a week of screen printing everyday so i am having a bit of a rest today. plus it is a Saturday so i think i am allowed.

13 March 2008

new exciting things...

...last wednesday in artlab i took part in a screen printing demo. so this week i thought i would use one of my very own screens and try out this new process which magda says would be good for me as i would like to be able to screen print at home. above is the final outcome printed in a kind of olive green colour. the main character is weasel who owns a teashop with wolf. i have drawn the wolf before when i did the three little pigs in first year. he just needs redrawing with this story in mind.


first you get a nice clean screen which will be yellow all over in colour. this area is where the ink will print through so bearing that in mind you draw on the screen with blue watersoluable fluid using a brush where you would like the ink to print through. so as i wanted to print the outlines of my characters, i painted a simple outline of them onto the screen. the photograph above is of the screen drying on my desk in one of the printrooms.

once dry you put your screen onto a screen printing bed. this helps keep it all even while you use a squidgee to cover the screen with red screen filler. the screen filler acts as a barrier as once dry it stops ink going through the screen when you are printing. prior to covering the screen i taped off the excess areas of yellow screen that i didnt paint on as it would have been a waste to cover the whole screen with the screen filler.



once that is dry you can then start washing it using a regular household shower head. you wet the screen and after a while start to rub the screen with a soapy sponge. the blue water soluable stuff comes away during the washing to expose the yellow screen. once it was dry i then taped off the yellow outside border bit and printed it. the result is the very first image of this post.

so there you have it. an explanation of sorts with photos of the new process i learned last week and actually used today. i do not find it easy to explain things but i thought i would give it a go. i feel very excited about being able even more so now than before, of being able to print at home. just need to find me an arm bed thingy for the desk.

this post nearly wasnt to be as blogger decided to act up! i nearly screamed at the computer but i managed to breath and stay calm. it took me over half an hour to write this post and thankfully it is still here.


meet mister teapot and lady teapot...
...sticking with the pencil crayon theme, i have started to draw new things. i did these on Tuesday night while half awake. the teapot theme began as my mister decided to splash out on some denby tableware to match the one blue cup of mine which i got a couple of summers ago in a sale. so i have been looking at other potential items and my eye is on a sugar bowl and a teapot. they look so beautiful to me. not too fancy and just right for everyday use. aye so i after i handed in the zine on Tuesday it was time to move forward and taking the advice i was given on Friday i got stuck in straight away and started drawing things that i like that are new to me both illustration wise and life wise. i think that is the best way to explain it. the teapots are part of an A4 doodle but i decided to crop it to just show the teapots which are going to be part of the pattern for zine two.
there is a new lady...

...pink lady alice has joined the world of blogging. she is in our third year illustration class at uclan in preston and her blog can be found here http://pixiealice.blogspot.com/ and in the links section. alice is the queen of colour and also lets me hold her hand. go check it out. check it out now.

12 March 2008

teapot teaparty friends...

...some mugs or cups of tea. a new pattern i have made up after finding the piece of paper that i lost yesterday! i spent ages running around looking for it. i checked the library, the print room, the classrooms, my room all about four million times. in the end i was quite prepared to deal with the loss but this morning i went to the printshop where i photocopied the zine and it was there. phew. i could have easily drawn a new cup for the badges but here is the one from zine one that will be the free badge in zine two.


a tasty batch of bread slices...

...on a pretty patterned plate sit twenty slices of bread. a loaf of bread. they are now little plush badges measuring 3cm wide and 4cm tall. they come free with the first zine. quite like a little collectable i suppose. i am in the process of making some 'cup of tea' ones for the next zine and have a long list already for future rectangle/square type badges as they are very quick and easy to make up. the only time consuming bit really is sewing the brooch pin thing on the back. i may also make some up to sell alone eventually in time.





the first zine...

...sounds like there be a zine number two...aye well i am off to hunt and gather some research material today from town when my hair is dry and presentable. i did and didn't do a lot of phaffing with this zine. it was a one week project and i knew that i would have to work quick with things i already had which were loads of print outs from the Amelia project i was fixated on. so i just doodles all over them like i do in my sketchbook with various drawing materials. in order to create an affordable zine, i photocopied the pages onto A3 and cut them down to make an A6 zine when it is all folded up. i was unsure what to do for the cover but i had the eco-robotington pattern on a screen so photocopied a simple outline design first onto card, pastel paper both of white and mint colours and then screen-printed over the top with a splash of green to add texture and colour as on the white card you can feel the raised print. i think it is nice to be able to feel artwork. makes it feel more real. i once got told off for touching a Lowery painting. i made about sixteen copies in total and spent forever and a day marking, measuring out and trimming/cutting the pages. it was worth it though. i think i may see if i can get work as a phaffer as i am always phaffing around. there are sixteen pages in total and an outer cover. i am going to put a couple up on etsy and see how they do.

10 March 2008

slices of bread...

...how many slices of bread are in a medium sliced sized loaf? like a warburtons?quite a few and i wonder what they talk about or do while they are sat there waiting to be eaten. i bet many wish they had been travelling and sightseeing before settling down to live in your bread bin.
more colouring in...

...a segment from another A4 sized colouring in doodle that i did over the weekend. Friday was a day of dolly mixtures.a good and bad day all at the same time. i felt positive about my work but also knew that it wasn't heading in the right direction. i could not stop the tears falling out my eyes during a tutorial. the tutors were very helpful and full of advice. i listened and now know more about what i need to do in order to move forward. i have been working on pages for my zine the last few days and the deadline is tomorrow. just a couple of hours of phaffing and stitching of the book and it will be done. i had a very nice relaxing weekend and feel a lot better both emotional and illustration wise. i visited 'Emma the noonan' in Leeds and on Saturday morning i went to the artists book fair which was also in Leeds. i also did a spot of naughty shopping. damn them shiny shoes. have to go as the sewing machine says i have work to do.

07 March 2008

national doodle day...

...is tomorrow. i found this out when i went to visit the 'Preston Illustration' blog. on the website there is a section about the possible meanings behind doodles and many of mine seem to make sense. i suppose it is like analysing dreams really. doodling is like keeping a diary except you are writing with doodles and not words or sometimes you may use words but words that are not of a structured nature. aye.

http://www.nationaldoodleday.org.uk/


colouring in...

...like i did when i was about ten or so. i love the rules of colouring in. i never liked colouring outside the lines. i was never that adventurous. at the moment i am breaking the rules of coluring in. we have been set a one week project to create a 'zine. the plan was to use the robotington button story but then decided that it would be best if i didn't write about his sad story anymore. i didn't go and spend forever in the library either like normal. me and Andy only went for about half hour or get a book about 'zines which in the end wasn't there. after quite a few hours spent thinking and phaffing, i decided to use the eco-robotingtons and doodle all over them to make a zine. it is a one week project after all and the idea seems to be working. the pencil crayons and other favourite drawing items are out on the desk. i have also made a silk screen of the eco-robotingtons and have made some postcards. Magda helped me mix the colours though i could have cried into them while doing so as i started to stress out. i need to stop being scared of colour that's why the crayons are out. i used them for life drawing on Tuesday as well. i drew the outline of the model more than colouring the skin tone but it was good to get scribbley and wild with the crayons. i made quite a bit of drawing on the paper noise but it was fun and i enjoyed it.

01 March 2008

the green pattern...
...of the future. i was planning to go into the printroom today to print out some random pattern but steve 'the tutor' wilkin showed me how to use bitmaps, how to place them in illustrator and how to replace colour. it is a bit similar to the 'duotone' in pototoshop. i cant explain the difference. they both look like a screen print. i have phaffed around with them on the laptop since about eleven am and now it is just after one am! i have of course been fed and watered. i have printed some of the patterns out onto heavy weight cartridge paper and am just off to play with some colouring in crayons but not for long as ugly betty is on the dvd player and inspector marmalade is here. i have decided my work is of a repetative nature and that it is not a problem or wrong to work like that as it is one of my strengths. the most important thing is to enjoy the world of illustration and make myself laugh while doing so. i think the treadmill is pointing in the right direction now and just have to make sure i use a map to stay on the right path. plan and focus.