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Tuesday, 31 July 2012


You may be glad to hear I have not fallen off the end of the earth but have been swamped beneath a sea of cellophane, cello tape and grey board.  All in aid of packing up my prints and cards.  Having run out of the aforementioned things I am free at last.

My little pile o stuff.

and as I'm so generous I've slipped a little card, as seen above, in with each print.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

The bunnies are taking over.

Last day of printing for the summer, sigh.  And did I spend my day as productively as planned?  Well, the bunnies took over.  I got a little obsessed with bunny prints.

                                       The mantle things are unhappy again for being bunny ousted.


5, 4, 3, 2, 1 bunnies...

and yet more bunnies.

Finally I put an end to the multiplication.  Humanely of course.  I just put the inks away.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Testing, testing...

Lots of trial and error today.  I've finally made the switch from photocopies to acetate and it's playing havoc with my exposure times so today was not full of failures but tests.

Hence test raccoon.

Test tempted to call him Justin but I can't.  For now he's called Bobbit.

and further experiments for my disappearing girl. 

Monday, 23 July 2012

Purdy jars

So although the pressure is building as the print rooms close again for the summer this week I spent my weekend making jars all purdy for my friends wedding.  They're mostly for flowers and what-not-ery but it's amazing what you can do with a bit of double sided tape and a cocktail stick.  I only made half I hasten to add as I was aided by my partner in crime Beth Tearle who amongst other things was head of the bow tying department.

This is what they looked like at midnight after a few fruity drinks.

They looked much clearer in the morning!

Friday, 20 July 2012

It's a start.

I'm currently experimenting with screen prints for my new book.  The little girl is going to disappear so what I need to work on is how to make that happen but more of that next week.  For today this is all I have but it's a start.

I still need to work on what she actually looks like but lets put that off until next week too.  

Thursday, 19 July 2012


Today has been another lot of screen printing in pale colours so unless you want to tilt your screens and crane your necks I'll save you the trouble and just post a little carved person experiment.

Lottie hated being posted squint.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Photoshop is good for the soul...oh no wait...

Today has mostly been spent amazed at how long I've unintentionally managed to drag my photoshopping out.  I'm also crossing fingers and toes that the screen I've been trying to put images on at home might actually work.  But here's what I did yesterday which was way more fun.

 Can you spot the segment I forgot to carve?  No, there are no prizes.

And the photoshop, oh the photoshop.  I don't know which I prefer yet.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Inky Crows

A few classmates and myself spent yesterday perusing the Inky Crows Illustration Extravaganza.  We were surrounded by some beautiful artwork and plied with cake until our wallets loosened.  Apparently the moths released from mine aren't technically currency and so I could only afford one piece.   I'm now the proud owner of the Pam Smy print below.

Praying and swaying, vaulted and exalted.

You can see more of their work at  It's all very much worth a look.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Nearly there

Only two pages and innumerable tweaks left to go so I've once again cleared my mantle and popped some cards on it.

What you can't see is the disgruntled mantelpiece things that have been pushed aside and are currently wondering why they're not good enough to be in the picture. 

I've re-jigged my endpapers and am still giddy about them.  It's the small things.

 Apologies for the pale and interesting birds but I couldn't bear to photoshop them some crazy colour.

Now I have to go think of a title and wait for more lino to arrive.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Just a quickie

A few little birds for today seeing as the sun has returned.

Oh go on, and a few more.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

More than halfway, hooray!

So as I was carving my lino by a light my mother would tell me was not bright enough to read in (so probably not bright enough to use tools in) I decided to post a few pics as my computer is much brighter though much less fun.

Apologies for the poor, quick photoshopping but my scanner is rubbish (quick, blame the tools) and my images are much bigger than it.  Poor shrunken scanner.

So that makes my book a little over half way, hooray!

Sunday, 8 July 2012

The worryingly titled 'This is what I should've been doing.'

So my major master plan for the summer was to finish my last book before I became too immersed in my next project.  I failed.  So this is what I should have been doing.

I should have been finishing the pages for this....oops.  I will do once the print rooms close again.

Then I started doodling my story ideas...

But poor Lottie has been sidelined until I'm through with the birds.  That's why she's so glum.

Friday, 6 July 2012

The lino is slowly taking over...

Made a few cards between screen prints today, changed my name to Little Meggy Production Line.  I think it's catchy.

Just a few more lino cuts I've carved this week.  I always think the lino itself is so pretty.

These all need reversing and are not in the actual colours but I like their warmth.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

And the lino cutting never stops

 These are my latest cuts which are yet to be screen printed.

These are my endpapers I think.  I'm very excited about my endpapers, perhaps overly.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012



After avoiding eye contact with my laptop for several days it has finally coaxed me into attempting a blog.  In the past technology and I have kept a safe distance from one another so hopefully this foray back into it won't somehow label me as 'the girl who broke the internet.'  

Here's hoping!

This is from a new series of lino cuts which will hopefully make up my new book.  It's based on the legend of the thorn bird.

And these are the screen prints (the right way round cos I'm a bad lino cutter and don't do it like I ought to).  Imagine the above a little greener if you will...