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Printmaking at Porthmeor Printmakers workshop

Last Thursday found me at a workshop held by Michele Wright and Marie Keeling at the Porthmeor Printmakers premises in Back Road West, St Ives.  There was an opportunity to produce a drypoint print before moving on to create collagraph prints - the first example of which can be seen below.

With collagraph, all sorts of materials can be stuck onto board to create texture and imagery.  My board has some sort of fibre thread, bracken fronds, anaglypta and at the top, pieces of an absorbent paper that's often used to wrap flowers, all glued down with PVA adhesive.  The entire surface of the board is then sealed with Shellac and when dry is put through the printing press.  (Now I've slipped up here having not photographed the prints before painting on them at home - my favourite part!)

The first was very inky - there's even a splodge at the bottom.  The bracken has been painted over with watercolour and gouache with pink gouache over the light area around the thread.  Hologram structure gel has been painted over the dark area at the top.
The next probably wasn't inky enough!  Some contrasting 'mud' colour was rolled over the top of the plate before printing and the bracken has been painted with watercolour.  Pink watercolour and hologram structure gel have been mixed together and painted over the lower part of the print.

This last printed rather flat, probably because I didn't put enough ink on and was lax about wiping it off.  A fine brush was used to paint gouache on the fern fronds and around the thread.  Washes of gouache have been laid  across the lower part of the picture.

A simple drypoint print

In the next collagraph sandpaper has been used to create texture, it's also very absorbent, so was good for the rocks and headland.  Anaglypta has been used for the waves and lines were scored into the board to denote ripples.  Black ink was used to make the first print, which has been painted over with gouache and acrylic paints.

Blue ink was used for the second print which again was painted over with gouache and acrylic.
Click to enlarge.  Once mounted, the above prints will probably be placed in the browsers at St Ives Society of Artists, Old Mariners Church, St Ives.  Copyright Lesley Ninnes.


  1. There all lovely. My fave is the drypoint one. There's something about it that reminds me of Rackham and Gorey - two of my fave artists. xo

  2. Lesley this looks absolutly fantastic! I love the one 3/3 with the pink! Ah!!!I hope I can see them next week! Happiness, Andrea

    1. Happiness to you too Andrea - my goodness, you'll all be here so soon. Don't know how the weather is going to be this time, may be unsettled, but you'll have a wonderful time anyway. x

  3. what a fascinating process~!!~
    loved seeing and reading what you had to share here and the bracken bits are absolutely my favorites~!

    thank you for sharing Leslie.

    1. A fascinating process Libby, I agree and thanks for the favourable comment. x

  4. It looks like you had fun in your workshop. I think I like the dry point the best, lovely contrast.

    1. Always fun on these occasions, thanks Val. Lesley x

  5. Blue Seascape is magical... I love them all! And yes, looks like a lot of fun was had! A big wave to you from Scotland Lesley :) x

    1. Thanks Anne, from one end of the country to the other, have a lovely weekend. x

  6. What fascinating things you can do with printing! I like them all, though particularly the last two. It must be fun to be able to experiment like that.

    Back to wet old England now after a lovely sunny fortnight!

    1. Yes, Gilly it is!

      Hope that the sun shines where you are this weekend - it's forecast for this part of the world, though there's a brisk, fresh breeze too. x

  7. These are beautiful...there's an art deco-ish feel to the last pieces; choc full of atmosphere too...just lovely xx

    1. Thanks Mimi - hope to visit you soon, I have been very slack and now there's a backlog of blogs to catch up on! Lesley x


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