Hey artists and friends living and working on Sydney's upper north shore.
Its on! Come along to Lyrebird Arts Community's first "Lyrebird Tales" networking meeting at the Bees Knees Cafe, 14 Coronation St, Hornsby, 10am -12pm, Wednesday 3August 2016.
Meet and network with fellow visual artists and learn more about the Lyrebird Arts Community. Swap ideas and pick up some useful tips.
You don't need to register, just turn up around 10am. BYO notebook etc.
We know you're out there!
DATE: 3 August
TIME: 10am - 12pm
ADDRESS: Bees Knees Cafe, 14 Coronation St Hornsby.
Gaynor and Leonie
TIP 1 Cheap vs expensive tools
Cheaper tools are a great way to get started with carving your wood or lino block, but also adequate for use on softer blocks. With more commitment to the medium its worth investing in a few good quality u and v gouges and chisels, usable on lino and wood. These tools are made of high quality steel and easy to sharpen, making carving an enjoyable experience.
TIP 2 Which size tool?
Different brands have different numbering systems. Lyrebird advises a limited range at first. A set is a convenient way to buy tools, although you may not get the range from small to large that you would like, e.g. if you have a mixture of fine lines and large areas. It is worth considering buying gouges individually to get the range from small v to a large u.
When working with dry pigments, make sure you always wear a face mask to avoid breathing in small particles which can lodge in your lungs.
Wear gloves as many pigments are highly toxic and can be absorbed through the skin.
When grinding pigments using a mortar and pestle, the finer you grind the pigment the smoother the colour will appear when painted.
For relief printmaking it is useful to have a variety of barens with varying degrees of hardness and softness for different effects. To save on cost these can be made from materials that you might have around the home, such as old door knobs, a coil of rope glued onto timber, a shortbread or taco mould. It is best if round in shape with curved edges for ease of movement across your paper, and a handle or strap glued on the back.
Join with us at Lyrebird Art to meet other artists, share information, celebrate successes, provide peer support and improve your art profile in the community.
Always use fresh lino and don't forget to lightly sand the block before starting work on the surface