If you think ‘combs’ and ‘cement’ sound odd together, this post should help to change your mind. Combed cement creates a range of strong textures which are very effective in collagraph printing plates.
You can approach this technique in various ways; speedy and dynamic, geometric and measured, or slow, flowing and meditative. There is a combed cement technique for all temperaments!
If you are keen to experiment with etched lino, plastic tape is definitely something to try. You can get lovely textural marks by simply painting the caustic soda mix on with a brush and this is generally the way the etched lino technique is used.
However if you mask areas of the lino before etching you can achieve a range of line and texture that will contrast well with Continue reading →
I have seen lovely textured and atmospheric prints made with the lino etching technique. When I tried this some time ago nothing happened – it was a total non event. I don’t like being defeated and I was keen to find out just what I’d done wrong.
Elderly residents in care homes can often lack stimulation or a meaningful focus to their day. Sociable activities that help to connect people with each other and encourage movement and response are beneficial and above all fun.
hugging the finished cushion
For this project the brief was to devise an art in care homes activity that anyone could join in with, whatever their abilities. As many residents have memory impairments the activities have to be engaging and produce quick results.