Hello Darling readers!

I have a cool link for you, a visual quiz: “Can you pick the real Picasso?” I got them all right, I am both proud and relieved to tell you! Let me know how you go in the comments section, or on my Tangerine Meg Facebook page.

Hooray! I have new t-shirts available on Red Bubble! Butterfly Garden, Goblet Still Life and Still Life with bee fabric are now available as t-shirts. Time honoured favourites are still available as Ts too: Rainbow Lady and Rain Girl.

sunflowersmall

Joining them is this new/old, bold but softly coloured, sunflower design print! You too can have a memento by means of the magic of Print on Demand at Red Bubble. It was made by either a reduction block or 2 blocks. Let me know if you can fathom which it was. That’s not a quiz by the way – I just can’t remember, doh!

Take care of yourselves, dear petals,
Meg

Hello lovely readers!
I am pondering colour schemes for the dancing/flying lady print today. Here is the colour-test print:

Joy dancing or flying

She was to have a similar coloured dress to Joy Riding lady (see Happy People prints) with pink background and blue pattern, but the whole thing is a bit dead without orange and yellow. Currently she has a great tie-dye dress thing happening as I trial the possibilities!
The big lady (the background colour) could be either blue or green or maybe darkish yellow. I thought I wanted the surrounding hearts and flowers to be pink, but now wonder if some should be orange.
This is definitely a work in progress, at the “live with the not knowing” stage. Need to do some more practise prints to fine tune.

Thanks for reading the musings of a colour-lover, who is in the midst of decision making!
Meg

Hi guys!

Sorry news for my left middle finger this evening: Was carving a lino block and jabbed myself in the end of the finger with a sharpish lino-carving tool. There was blood. I now have a bandaid on and am fine. (I was foolishly not observing the early-learned maxim: Cut away from your hands.)

Am working longer hours at my job this month, so when at home I have decided to spend less time in front of my computer screen. This means I get to focus on design/lino work, but also means the web site wont progress much till maybe February.
I am pleased to say I have 2 designs going:
Worked out a way around the mental block I was having for a dancing lady design, by using a scribble technique I learned from Ruth Tuck. I have also decided to try a non-rectangular lino shape – daring!
The other is a simple cat design. Both blocks are in the process of being carved. Will scan and show you soon.

By the way I have added another page to this blog. It’s only the beginnings, but I intend to include some printmaking terms defined (just ones which are related to my work) and will also have links to more complete references.

Next post I will tell you about the Winsor and Newton special paint colour for their anniversary 175 years of making beautiful paints.

Look after yourselves,
Meg

Hi Kristina and (possibly) 45 others!

Here is the final print of “Tree People” (it’s still sans colour, that’s for the next episode friendly readers):

“Tree people” final print

Now the tree-woman has a (hopefully a bit more elegant) bent arm, her hand the landing place for the dove; and the tree-man has a slightly tennis-muscled-looking forearm, on account of a bit of a slip with the cutting tools in the warm weather, or it could have been the tracing process got rushed the second time. Maybe a lesson not to over-work things but to complete them and move on. I think he can have a painted tree tattoo on his big forearm! I will add that in the next stage which will be the colour! Fun! Painting!

Thought I would do a couple extra pages too, showing other series of prints. Maybe a cat print page and a Happy people print page as well as this one on process.

This print design was triggered by a concept of the surprise of recognising a good relationship. In “It’s Only Too Late if you don’t start now” Barbara Sher was talking about romantic, shallow, looks-like love versus the solidity & wonder of existing and learning alongside someone and looking up one day and noticing that your roots are intertwined. And she thought that was NOT romantic?!

Wondered if it may be of interest to show original drawings, prints and cut lino, etc? Then improved design etc, as I go? The posture of the people is part yoga, part yin and yang and probably impossible!

Here is a photocopy of the first design (initially done in black texta):

photocopy of initial design

The next pic I have is the lino itself! (First incarnation of the design, transferred to lino by carbon paper tracing)

Tree People 1 Lino

This is when the fun begins. A certain amount of control is relinquished, as my ability to control tools and lino is found to be a little limited, and we get lovely simplified shapes and curves get less smooth and it starts to look interesting.

Tree People trial print

So at that point, although I loved the simplicity that came with the process, I decided the design of the woman’s arm could be improved, and came up with this alternative. (NB: I haven’t drawn in all of the roots again although I intended to keep them in the design).

Tree People Design 2

Hopefully it’s not too small to see on the screen, but I have changed the woman-character’s arm to have a more elegant-looking (I hope) bend in it (more like the man-character’s posture).

Tree People 2 Lino

So it looks like I am carving from the right of the lino! All will be reversed when I get to printing stage…soon I hope!

Hope you have found this of some interest. Will keep up with what’s happening.

Hi anyone friendly!

Am going to blog about art I like, design I like, animation I like, colour, and hand water-coloured lino prints.

Will be linking in with my self-made website and showing/selling hand water-coloured lino prints. Have uploaded today a family favourite, an illustration of much-loved, intelligent family icon: Magpie (the cat).

A Cat Named Magpie