printing without a press

Leftovers 8

Leftovers is an idea by Wingtip Press in Boise, Idaho, America.

it’s basically about what to do with all of those wee off cuts of paper as printmakers we all seem to collect these inadvertently, well in Boise, they decided to make a worldwide touring exhibition out of it and ask printmakers from all over the world to participate, Swansea Print workshop has had an association with Amy Nack from Wingtip Press for several years now, in fact when she was over in Wales several years ago and I had the chance to meet her and chat printmaking over coffee in the SPW kitchen!

but I have never actually exhibited as part of any of the shows, mainly because my work is too big and although I have plenty of wee bits of paper around the place, I just haven’t had anything small enough, until now.

I’ve been running a printing without a press course since the end of the summer and so have been experimenting myself making examples to show my students. some of my examples have been printed by using erasers which have been cut and then printed as a mini relief print-much like a lino or a woodcut and I have made several designs with some lovely rubbers i’ve found in W.H Smith. (No they are not sponsoring me, Unfortunately, but they do have nice rubbers), The print I have submitted for the  Leftovers was shown as part of my inktober work a couple of weeks ago, I’ve just re -thought about it and printed it differently for the exhibition, I shall put one in my etsy shop at the weekend also and there shall be several available to buy in Swansea Print Workshop for £25.00 only. Here it is: Blodeuwedd .


As a member of SPW I was invited alongside others to exhibit as this show only, I haven’t submitted to a touring show of Leftovers 8, just to the SPW leg of the show, but maybe next year I will, especially as now I have some practice with making mini prints!

 Saturday 4-6.30pm is the opening event.

The exhibition runs through the rest of November and all of December and is open on all ‘Open Access Days’. Tuesday, and Thursday, 10.3-5pm normally, closed over Xmas. See the SPW website for details.



I particularly likes these prints, the one on the right is from America I think and the two on the left are by my boss the fabulous Jackie Ford.


In the print workshop there shall also be cards for sale by me and many others, many other prints and some of my wee paper mache foxy sculptures too.


Inktober Week Three

I seem to be a day behind almost every day, but I guess at least I’m getting a few things done!  There is lots of testing and experimentation going on with me at the moment, especially with all of these tiny prints from erasers!





kara trees mini


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The above images one also brings to mind Blodeuwedd and Welsh mythology.



and my working mess/needs (Caffine) with my Pertinacious Anemia heading towards injection time..I NEED surgery/caffeine drinks to keep going through a week of work ..then a weekend of work too.




and I quite liked this wee composition of the print and the block or eraser from WH Smith (even though it was the first print and done very quickly so not the best)..but…you can even still see the writing of ‘WH Smith’, I didn’t bother to get it off! Also I think really.. it needs re-doing, re-cutting, i’m not 100% happy with it!

Most of these works are towards an exhibition soon in Brecon..if I can manage to register them~!

You can find further info about them on my facebook page.

Inktober Week 2

Inktober,  again all are being posted to my facebook page … I started off last week, by continuing with the mini print/stamp ideas, doing a wee guy which shall hopefully be featured in a piece of work I am doing for a forthcoming show, these were printed with gouache.

The next day I had NO TIME, so I just stamped some plan erasers which actually have some nice textures I plan to use these as backgrounds to also in the forthcoming new works! An exercise well done as far as i’m concerned! The rest of the mini stamps this week were printed with a variety of ink pads.

scan abstract day 9 inktober molls and plant stamp

It was then time for Molly (My kittie) to make an appearance! She is always trying to sit on my lap when i’m working! I decided to try out some pound shop rubbers and do a wee branch/foliage!

Scan moose

The next day I opted for a tiny rat sketch, this was partly by the cat bringing in a tiny mouse, (not molly cat a different cat) Although my wee drawing is of a rat, I kinda like rats, (although not if they are running around the kitchen it has to be said). I have been meaning to do some for quite some time, I must get around to it!

houses welsh blanket stamp

Then I was back to the stamping, I was sort of looking at welsh blankets, and this is shown in the pattern of the houses..if you look really closely and know what your looking for! When printed I decided they look like houses, all of my early work was about buildings and house not animals, so I was kinda going back to my roots!


Going back to wee portraits, I am looking at faces, faces of farmers and army personal in Brecon, I am doing a project for a show in the theater in Brecon next month and decided to do some stamps to build up a larger piece of work, as am using inktober to work on some ideas for this!

Lastly talking of army personal, and erm….mascot goats, I was trying out some new ideas of working with foam to create prints, this one hasn’t quite worked so well, but it’s a start and an idea to be developed!

army stamp

Inktober week one

I decided..for my sins this year to have a go at inktober!

I’ve ignored most of the rules, but am trying to post something every day that I have actually created fresh that day! I am posting them on my Facebook Page every day and then weekly on this blog!

watercolour 1 s.b waterolour2 s.b

These were from day 1, I did two watercolours..just to confuse things…they are based on the Brangwyn Panels by Sir Frank Brangwyn which hang in the Brangwyn hall in Swansea.

The next couple of watercolored days are also based on the panels. I was in a works meeting in July staring at them, quite nice things to stare at, there are lot’s of animals and plants to look at!


The next day’s doodle is about what the proper work should be about right now, landscapes for a forthcoming show, but I haven’t managed to do any yet!


and then I was having a look around our dying wintering garden and saw these..things! So that’s day 5!

Scan pink

Day 6 was a mega rush and I had no time, I am very busy at the weekend currently prepping courses for the week after..but..taa-daa..I cheated a wee bit..Ant Rave!

Scan ant

and finally for this week, I’ve been prepping some stamps for next week’s teaching! Hand cut by me from rubber ..well Rubbers, Erasers aye those wee things!

Day 7…bugs.jpg


There is a lot of pink!!