A Quick Look at Granada in a One-Minute Tourist Office Video

October 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Wondering what Granada has to offer visitors. Here’s a quick overview:

 

Video Producer, Juan Carlos Romera Comments on the Printmaking Master Classes Project

September 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Juan Carlos and Mario Romera at workWhen I conceived this video tutorials project I was determined that my first subject should be printmaking with Maureen Booth. I’ve known Maureen and her husband, Mike, for years. In fact, we live just a couple of kilometers apart on the outskirts of Granada. I’ve worked with both of them on other projects and have always admired Maureen’s prints, as well as their uniquely creative lifestyle.

Maureen was actually the female lead in Bive, a 38-minute short film I made in 2006. She  played an English printmaker who falls in love with a Spanish fisherman, causing an uproar in Mediterranean fishing village. That film had a brief printmaking sequence which opened my eyes to the magic of creating art with inked plates.

Now, seven years later, I have the privilege of working again with Maureen and delving further into her printmaking world. I hope you find the experience as rewarding as I did.

What’s a Gallinero? And why would you want to stay there?

Billboards, Beer Coasters, Sweet Hearts and Smart Cookies… The Year’s Most Delightful Newsletter!

September 28, 2011 Leave a comment
Deborah Maris Lader

Deborah in one of her more somber moments

We received this newsletter the other day from Deborah Maris Lader of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, surely the most delightful we’ve received this year. Take a look at it and see if you don’t agree.

Besides being a fine printmaker (look at the images in the newsletter) and studio head, for the past two decades Deborah has formed part of a contemporary folk group called Sons of the Never Wrong. They’re currently working on a project called Church of the Never Wrong. That should be interesting.

Does Deborah look Wacky? She is. She’s also a Sweet Heart and a Smart Cookie. We’re fans.

Memoirs from a Cold UTOPIA

September 5, 2011 Leave a comment

I just received a note from John Phillips of the london print studio with a link to this wonderful catalog of an upcoming exhibit there. You will love the Lego concentration camp.

You Can Now Download My New Printmaking Master Classes Videos

September 3, 2011 4 comments

Maureen Booth

Want to Take Your Prints to the Next Level?

After a summer’s work, the first five videos of my Printmaking Master Classes series of printmaking instruction videos are now online and ready to be downloaded. You can see trailers of all of the here below. I’m convinced that these videos will help you and thousands of other printmakers to take both their plates and their prints to the next level of expertise.

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Start Your Selection Process and Downloads Here

Here are the first seven preview videos of the Printmaking Master Classes series. To purchase the full version of any one of them just click the Add to Cart button beneath the preview and that will take you through the payment and download process. Thanks for looking at them.

Now Available: Two New Videos, “Traditional Printmaking 2” and “Printmaking Tips”

Preview of Printmaking Tips Video

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 Add to CartMaureen presents a series of useful tips to make your studio a more pleasant and profitable place to work. She discusses press care, safety measures, deckle edges, solar-plate tips, tarlatan economy and much more. Putting all these tips into practice will make a significant improvement in you day-to-day working processes. Length: 24:32 Price: $19.95

Preview of Traditional Printmaking 2 Video


 Add to CartThis video picks up where Traditional Printmaking 1 leaves off. It deals with aquatint, sugar lift and marbling. An artist who masters the techniques that Maureen explains on the two Traditional Printmaking videos should be able to produce exhibition-quality prints. Length: 26:58 Price: $19.95

Preview of Liquid Metal Printmaking Video

 Add to Cart A curious technique which uses a plumbers’ epoxy adhesive to create wonderful relief plates.  Video includes creating plate and creative printing techniques, including a ghost print.  Length:  27:36  Price: $19.95

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Preview of Creative Printing Video

 Add to Cart How many of  your plates have seen their perfect print? This video will give you a fresh take on printing. Includes lots of different ways to print copper, zinc and solar plates with chine collé, rainbow rollups, and reserves. How to achieve a multi-color, multi-level print from a single plate.  Length: 22:38  Price: $19.95

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Preview of Making a Chop Video

 Add to Cart  Do all of your final prints bear your chop? Maybe you need Maureen to show you how to make and use one. Your chop lends charm, authenticity and your own personal “logo” to every print.  Length: 13:41 Price: $9.95

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Preview Solar Plate Printmaking Video

 Add to Cart  This video has Maureen’s personal take on how to make better solar-plate prints. The secrets are in the original. Includes cutting and preparing plates, making negative relief and positive intaglio plates, printing tips and care of plates.   Length: 24:50  Price: $19.95

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Preview of Traditional Printmaking 1 Video.

This video covers best practices in hard-ground and soft-ground acid etching. Traditional Printmaking 2 (coming soon) will deal with aquatint, sugar lift and marbling. Includes soft-ground recipe, and printing with reserves. Video presents a succession of state proofs for both techniques. Length: 31:04  Price: $19.95

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Lorna Burden Publishes Her Granada Solar Plate Experience in Australia

July 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Lorna Burden's article on solar-plate printmaking with Maureen

Maureen and Lorna, going over the solar-plate prints she made in Granada.Lorna Burden, the Australian printmaker and art student, who was here working with me in the month of March, has published an account of her experience in On the Edge, a new magazine “a collaborative effort of the Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development Students of NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of Technical and Further Education.“) The content ranges from original art to art-travel experiences, essays and music commentary.

Lorna’s article is very generous, both with me and with the solar-plate printmaking process, which she took to like a duck to a goldfish bowl. Though she was only here for three days, en route to England to visit family, she took home a portfolio of  lovely solar-plate prints with which she took some delight in surprising her fellow NMIT students. She’s promised to come back next year for a longer stay. We’ll see if we can conjure up some more surprises.

What Printmakers Need and What They Want

June 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Filming Printmaking Master Classes in Maureen Booth's Granada StudioI’ve been doing printmaking master classes in my studio since the late 80’s. Over that time I’ve a learned a lot about what most printmakers need–and perhaps more importantly–what they want (with a nod to Bob Dylan: “She knows what you need, but I know what you want…”) To sum it up briefly, printmakers need to dominate the basics and pay attention to detail. Once they have these factors under control they can let their creative juices flow. To do so earlier often leaves artists adrift for the rest of their printmaking lives. It’s like any other activity you want to take seriously. There’s no substitute for good coaching in the beginning. Read more…