Monday 19 October 2015

Apples, pears and printmaking

Last weekend saw us back at Dudmaston for their annual Apple Day. This year we took along some of our own fruit.

And enjoyed turning it into juice with the aid of the Dudmaston press.

Seeing the juice run out into a black bucket may not be the most appetising sight but Amelie certainly approved of the results.

There were other distractions of course.

You need to imagine the music, the whack of the wooden staves against metal and the whoops of delight to fully appreciate Morris Men in full stride!

And there were more apples - this time to be decorated with feathers, pipe cleaners and googly eyes! All this focus on the fruits of the orchard sent me straight to my art diary.

I've added pen drawing and a little acrylic ink to this mono print on rough paper.

And tried another monoprint onto a shiny paper for a very different effect. I've sewn the loose sheets into my diary with a large machine stitch. Attaching the loose sheet on only one edge means it can be opened to reveal the page below.

And that's the perfect secret hidey hole for a more detailed pen drawing of an apple leaf. I've lots more diary pages to show DMTV viewers soon. Printing is such a quick way to amass lots of work and I hope you're all keeping up with me this month!

This week's mono prints didn't need a press but I do have one and Laura's been itching to use it ever since I showed her some recent collagraph prints I'd made. Yesterday she popped over to make a quick intaglio plate and run off a limited edition of landscapes.

Of course they turned out beautifully - I can't wait to see them mounted and ready to sell!

Thanks for taking time to drop by - Linda x


  1. I think it is so fantastic that Amelie gets to go to events that show her where our food comes from. Particularly because you took your own apples, that she has seen growing, to an Apple Day where there was a press, and she could see the apples being turned into juice. Not many children will have seen their own fruit being turned into juice, and hence have personal knowledge that juice comes from fruit - not from a carton in the fridge. Hurrah!

  2. Hi Cathy - it's strange to think that children are so divorced from the natural world that they don't know where their food comes from isn't it? We grow a lot of fruit and vegetables so Amelie is clued up on all of that. Granddad spends a lot of time sowing and growing with her so she understands how food comes from seed to plate!

  3. Loving the prints ,especially the apple tree.

  4. Thanks Chyfey - glad you like them!