Exposing The Dragon

I’m assisting to print this fabulous Jamie Reid Screenprint! Over to Rosie Scribblah!


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After the block printing over the weekend, I moved on to the next phase of the multi-media print designed by the artist Jamie Reid. I worked with Kara Seaman at Swansea Print Workshop to coat two silkscreens with Azocol photosensitive solution and after they dried, exposed them each with a transparency in the UV Unit.

Once they had been exposed for 2 minutes, they were washed to develop the image and then into the drying cupboard. Next stage is to do some colour tests and a couple of trial proofs – tomorrow ….


I’m developing an edition of mixed media prints for GS Artists from an original by Jamie Reid. There is a great exhibition of his work running until March 1st and here’s some more info about the show and the prints, which will be in a limited edition of 75.

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Chine Collé


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I have just printed an edition of my little Mari Lwyd linocuts with chine collé to add flashes of colour. I use hand-made paper made from recycled silk saris, a lovely range of colours and lots of fibres.

From left to right: ripping up the paper for cine collé, putting it onto an inked block – it must be glue side UP; taking the print with a traditional Japanese baren.

I used Cranfield Caligo Safewash oil-based relief ink in black, Japanese Hosho paper and Pritt Stick glue. Don’t skimp on the glue – I always use either Pritt or UHU. The combination of Safewash ink and Hosho paper is excellent for taking relief prints by hand. This little edition is heading off across The Pond to Wingtip Press in Idaho USA for the Leftovers IX print exchange.

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Monstrous Mural And The Lizard Den

This is what we have been working on over the last few days! Phew!


High Street

Today I joined some fellow artists to take over the keys for a new artspace in Swansea’s High Street, an area of urban regeneration. It’s a second, temporary, setting for Swansea Print Workshop and we have it for three months, to do experimental work, to exhibit, to interact with the community and to collaborate. It’s a fairly new commercial premises owned by the Coastal Group Housing Association and the area is part of the new Urban Village scheme.

We got stuck in straight away. One side of the vast space is in good nick but the other side has the most monstrous mural I’ve ever seen. The figures are either hideous – a WAG fairy princess complete with fake tan – or terrifying. Mad eyed goblins and psychopathic Medieval knights glower under a sky heavy with huge menacing crows. To cap it all, it’s been painted in graffitti spray paint…

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Exhibition Opens Tonight

Oops slightly late..some more images to follow soon!

15 Years, people and printmaking


Viv Rhule explores limestone creatures and the plight of bees through ink, pencil and print

Kara Seaman creates prints and illustrations about animals from nearby places and faraway lands

Continues on Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 September, 11 to 4pm


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We’re looking for Young Creators

I am running this project, please get in touch if interested!

15 Years, people and printmaking

Are you aged between 18 and 25? | Are you interested in developing your arts practice? | Would you like to learn more about working in the creative industries? | Are you available in June 2015?

We are offering 5 young people (18 to 25), 150 hours of free training, mentoring and studio time throughout June as part of our Anniversary project. You’ll have chance to learn and develop two printmaking techniques, to create a small edition of prints, to exhibit, promote and sell them. You’ll gain insight into life as a professional artist by organizing and delivering a community arts workshop, marketing an event and developing your individual publicity profile.

Visit our previous project pages and Young Volunteers blog to read about the experiences other young people have enjoyed with us. This is a free training opportunity with access to free studio time and a materials budget. All participants…

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