This week we were treated to a print making workshop with Anthea Gage. We learned the basics of inking up found objects to use as prints, as well as carving our own 'Argyll Landscape' designs into polystyrene, and using this to make a print in one or two colours, finally going back to change the design and print again with a third colour in order to build up a layered image. We printed our designs on different colour card, effectively adding a fourth colour, and compared the difference between prints.
Most of the materials for this are easy to come by; you can use polystyrene from old takeaway boxes and we used a blunt pencil to make the impressions for our design. All you need is a roller and some printing paints. Print work can be very messy though, so Anthea provided us all with work stations and pinnies, then we hung our completed prints on washing lines inside Uig Hall to dry. By the end of the session our hands were mucky and the washing lines were heavily laden! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the session, in fact, we wouldn't let Anthea go!
Here are some pictures of the artwork being done over sessions 2 & 3. We started with some collaborative partner work, then moved on to some personal work, as well as taking another trip to Historic Kilmun to make charcoal rubbings of headstones and epitaphs we found there. We're all thoroughly enjoying the programme and looking forward to the printing workshop with Anthea Gage in week 4.