Posts filed under ‘linocuts’

Flying fish

Reduction linoprinting takes focus and concentration to get a good result. Not only do you have to think counter intuitively and work backwards but one lapse and its all down the gurgler!

I have just had a great day with Pip of 135Gallery learning the intricacies of reduction linoprinting and it was a steep curve. Unfortunately some of my printing layers were not lined up, so not perfect, but the main outcome of learning the process was achieved. Pip has many wonderful prints on display in her gallery using her simple hand printing method- no press required.

First step the design, Japanese koinboro kites were the inspiration for the preliminary sketch:

First the parts to stay white are cut away, the first colour is printed, then the parts to stay the first colour are cut away. Mine ends up with some parts having all six colours printed giving great depth. Top cut away for white, second cut away to keep gold:

Top gold printed, bottom light grey printed:

Top fish being removed to keep it light grey
Next colour- dark grey printed , then second fish cut away

I forgot to take a photo of the red print so now we just have the final prints. After the red print the third fish was cut away to do the background. I first tried a blue background, then a charcoal grey and finally a blackish grey over the blue. All very different effects.

Charcoal grey background
Blackish grey – poor registration top and bottom
Blackish grey over blue-poor registration at top

I am looking forward to experimenting with this again now I know the process.

November 24, 2019 at 6:58 pm Leave a comment

Medieval Dragon is home

My Medieval dragon from Dianne Cevaal’s Medieval touring exhibition arrived safely home this morning.

It is always fun when apiece of textile art returns to you. While heavily involved in developing and working on a piece of art is difficult to be objective. However when if comes back after a prolonged journey appraisal is so much easier with that distance.


Overall I am very happy with the embellishment of Dijanne’s linoprint and my binding is improving. I do find sometimes I do not allow enough time for the finishing details when working to a deadline. It is like finishing knitting a jumper and then underestimating the time it will take to sew in all those ends and hand sew together.

I used a variety of stitches and techniques including beading, foiling, gold leather and I’m pretty happy with the overall effect. Some of the beading has come a little loose so next time I will double stitch all the beads and back stitch each one, especially for a travelling situation.


Dijanne is sending out linoprints at the moment for her next touring exhibition: Aussie Bush Project. It is a great way to practice colour and stitching design skills while producing something that will tour for a year-very satisfying and meditative.

December 7, 2016 at 10:05 am 1 comment

Surface design group

I have been participating in a fabric swap group over on the Stitchin’ Fingers Ning site. This involves using different techniques to alter or decorate fabrics and then posting to the others on the list. At this stage there are now two of us from Australia and 7 from USA. It has been great fun to not only receive fabrics in the mail each month from all the other participants, but also to chat online on the site and share ideas and tips on each of the processes.

So far our swaps have involved an interesting range of processes with a free choice month every now and then. February and March were free choice so I did some hand dyeing, overprinting and gelliprinting. Unfortunately forgot to take photos of most of this process.

April was a directed swap-printing. For this one I took garlic as my inspiration (eaten afterwards so no wastage!) I cut the hand of garlic in half and made a few sketches, simplified the sketch and carved into lino for printing. I used some hand dyed fabric to print onto using black block printing ink.

Lino printing

May was Collagraph month. I used the covers of an old address book as a base, gluing rubber bands to one and spaghetti, All Bran and burnt matches to the other. Both were sealed with gesso so they would survive the printing and washing off process.

collograph 2

collograph 3

These are the prints drying on the porch:


My June (resists), July (sun print) and August (ice dye) fabrics are almost ready to post off. I will post photos in about two weeks when they have arrived at their destinations.



July 29, 2014 at 10:48 pm 1 comment

Another catch up!

So much to catch up since my last (July) post!!!!!!

Firstly I will follow up July, these are the ATC’s we sent in July to Anne in France:

Mine is FME and beading over a linoprint.

I won’t repeat news that is already blogged on the GeeTAG group blog. Visit there for recent workshops including today’s dyeing day at Anglesea. My pots of fabric, threads and napkins are looking good in their little jars and will be left to brew for a fortnight before being rinsed out:

These will result in 24 clear colour gradations plus a few variations. Some of our ‘dyehards’ altered the original recipe, adding brown, olive green or aubergine to the dyepots. It will be interesting to see our results in a fortnight.

My clean up rag was predominantly green:

My dyed fabrics (and matching threads) are destined for a large (KS) quilt based on Monet’s waterlillies and incorporating Gloria Loughman’s quilting techniques.

Last weekend was our Guild’s Bi-ennial exhibition(but has been three years due to the Johnston Collection christmas exhibition in 2009). I don’t have my bits and pieces back yet but this is a picture of the piece for one of our group exhibits. Everyone took one of Pauline’s linoprints to embellish how they please:


I used Kim Thittichai’s Hot Spots and glitter on the border.

Yesterday we received some beautiful autumn (in France) stitchery from Anne:

I will blog our swap ATC’s shortly after Anne has received them.

I’ll finish this post with a photo of my amazing daughter at her graduation with distinctions in Arts-Journalism & Indonesian from Deakin University.

Coming up next: a photo tour of our road trip-Adelaide to home.

November 5, 2011 at 5:30 pm 1 comment

2011 Scarf Festival

Just had to post about Claudia who decided to design and make a scarf for entry into the Scarf Festival currently held annually at the National Wool Museum in Geelong. It was so nice to see her excitement at receiving a Highly Commended award at the Opening Night Ceremony. Great job Claudi!!

I have been quietly beavering away at some stumpwork embroidery. I am hoping to post some finished pieces next week, now I am on school holidays. The long term aim is to make a casket but for now I will do some small pieces for the Intermediate certificate I am doing with Alison Cole through the Embroiderer’s Guild. I couldn’t resist Alison’s latest beautiful book full of her gorgeous embroidery.

Our Creative textiles group (now renamed Gee TAG-for Geelong Textile Arts Group) has been working on linocutting and printing. This is a print of the two linocuts I made during our meeting:

and then Pauline’s which has been printed out for everyone in our group as a challlenge. It will be interesting to see how differently they all turn out.



July 10, 2011 at 12:39 am 3 comments


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