I decided to start out with black acrylic paint, with the addition of some medium. I had cut the templates to fit an A5 piece of paper. The printing plate was a little longer but I thought I could mask off the bit I wasn’t using.                   […]


Matisse’s ‘Blue Nudes’ Matisse found it increasingly difficult to paint from the early 1940s and following an operation when he was confined to a wheelchair, he gave up a painting and concentrated on cutouts. He cut out large shapes from paper painted according to his instructions by his assistants. The shapes were then fixed to […]

Finding a Design This project involved creating a design which works well as both a positive and a negative shape.  When studying shibori textile dyeing in Japan, my teacher was very keen that his students thought carefully about the negative and well as the positive space when designing the shibori patterns. I took great interest […]

For this research point, we were asked to take a look at monoprints by Degas and write about how have they been achieved and how successful they are. I started off by doing some internet research on Degas. I was most familiar with his pastels, paintings, drawings of ballet dancers but was less familiar with his […]

Having worked with some abstract paintings on the printing plate, we were now asked to make an image, starting with some sketches of two contrasting objects. I chose a little still-life comprising of a cast metal seated figurine and a tall wooden vase, which I thought would offer contrast.  I drew some sketches and then […]

Experiments in mark making and painted plates Having sorted through my acrylic paints and block printing inks and purchased a new roller with a wooden handle (rather more pricey than I had expected), I set out my printing area in the utility room. Perfect space, away from the hustle and bustle in the main living […]

For the first research point, we were asked to research learning logs by other OCA printmaking students. I googled students and was interested to see the variety of work and different ways the students have interpreted the exercises. Many students seem to struggle initially with the printing medium and amounts, dilution of the inks or […]

After a bit of a break from OCA, I enrolled in Printmaking 1 last July but have only just really got started on the module due to lots of travel and renovation work overseas during the Summer.  That’s not to say I haven’t been researching, buying books, sketching, taking photos, visiting exhibitions etc – my […]

  Overall Comments   This final assignment demonstrates a good level of visual fluency and a confident and appropriate choice and use of suitable techniques, processes and materials with which to realize your intentions. The quality of your chosen final piece shows that you are very capable of producing work of a good standard and […]

A Reflective Commentary I have really enjoyed working for this final assignment.  I feel that I have drawn on past projects and design processes in forming and reformulating my design ideas for my final piece.  I was able to collate lots of information about Japanese textiles which enabled me to put together a theme book […]