Tuesday 28 July 2015

Chambered nautilus drypoint etching from a perspex plate

Plans for Nautilus drypoint ©2015Lisa Le Quelenec

I bit the bullet and treated myself to a small printing press a while back. I can print up to an A4 paper size which I think will suit my needs. The details of the press for anyone interested are here I am not affiliated to this company in any way and I'm sure that it can probably be purchased from other suppliers this is just where I happened to go. The press is very light weight and as well as bolting it to a cupboard I have also had to bolt the cupboard to the wall to stop everything from moving around so that I can get enough pressure to do what I need. That said for the price I am very pleasantly surprised and delighted with the results so far.

I have been rediscovering my love of drawing whilst experimenting with drypoint. Drawing the nautilus was an enjoyable challenge! Below is the first proof taken from a perspex plate.

Nautilus -  Artist Proof I   Drypoint   ©2015Lisa Le Quelenec

At the moment I am using HOT PRESS 140lb watercolour paper but in the future hope to experiment with some printmaking paper. The inks I am using are Caligo safewash etching inks (oil based but watersoluble for easy  clean up).

Tuesday 14 July 2015

Watercolour storms in my sketchbook

Watercolour storm sketches A4 sketchbook ©2015Lisa Le Quelenec

More storms in my sketchbook. My aim was to capture the 'wetness' of the weather. I am noticing those mussel shell colours a lot at the moment.

Wednesday 8 July 2015

Watercolour summer storms

Last week we were treated to the most fantastic light show during a thunderstorm. I can't remember a storm with so much lightening. It was very loud and very bright and lasted quite a long time. Luckily Prince Twinkle toes slept all the way through it.

The build up to it had started in the afternoon and had inspired these tiny paintings which I have now listed in my Etsy shop.

Storm building I   watercolour 6x9cm ©2015Lisa Le Quelenec

Storm building II   watercolour 6.5x8.5cm ©2015Lisa Le Quelenec

Storm building III   watercolour 6x9cm ©2015Lisa Le Quelenec
Storm building IV   watercolour 6x9cm ©2015Lisa Le Quelenec