callyscreations


Trying out Dry point printing

I thought I would share my first experiences trying out dry point printing at University. When etching my first design on plastic (below) of me and my partner Jamie, I didn’t think that the results would turn out as well as they did. I loved the whole process of dry point printing – I found it a lot easier than screen printing and lino printing, but the results were great. I can’t wait to experiment more.

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First four prints I did

Above, I first printed the ones that don’t have much shading, as it was my first attempt I didn’t know where to apply most of the ink, but then gradually added a bit more to make the print more effective (below.)

For the process, I wet the paper (so the print can be made) and rubbed oil based ink into the etch on plastic. I then rubbed away the excess ink and added shading with it where needed. I then placed the etching board down and put the damp paper on top. I then put them through the rolling machine, and taped down to dry.

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Close up of print.

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Butterfly prints

I enjoyed the process so much I decided to do another one. Above is an etch from a photograph  I took of a butterfly. I used the same process as above but this time experimented with tissue paper to add colour. As you can see, the print on the right did not turn out as well as I’d have liked, because the tissue paper moved in the printing process.

I will be doing lots more dry point printing next week, and can’t wait to show everyone the results.  I am really looking forward to experimenting more with this way of printing, and hopefully putting some in my shop!



Getting Back into my Blog!

Hi all!

Recently I have been doing lots of art but unfortunately haven’t been using my blog. This is about to change! I am so glad to be getting back into my art and I am looking forward to posting regular blog posts on my new ideas/illustrations and artworks!

Here’s a couple of pieces I have been working on the last couple of months:

magical midnight meeting, painted on a large thin canvas

fairy floral bliss, painted on an upcycled wooden wall hanging

There are plenty more that you can see, which are available to purchase in my etsy store here.



Certificate of Authenticity for Cally’s Creations

I now have a Certificate of Authenticity for my Artwork. I got this idea from ArtGallery.co.uk and thought it would be great for the people who buy my artwork to have something to confirm its originality. Here it is:

So now whenever I sell a piece of artwork or a creation, this will be included!



I’ll eat your heart

Found this painting I did a couple of months ago today while I was sorting out my art stuff. I’ve named it ‘I’ll eat your heart.’ I’ll be putting it up for sale on my Etsy soon, and I might do a similar bigger version when my art flare comes back!



Tree of Happiness; Art of the Week

For this weeks ‘Art of the Week’ I decided to chose the first real piece of Artwork I ever sold. This means, a piece of Artwork that I sold to a total stranger! I sold this piece of artwork the beginning of March 2011 on ArtGallery.co.uk. I was over the moon that someone wanted to put a piece of my original work on their wall, and it boosted my confidence so much I decided to make my facebook page of Cally’s Creations. You could say it is thanks to selling this piece that I am where I am today.
Cally’s Creations has now been up and running for a year. Although I still have a long way to go with building my Art business, I am proud of how much I have achieved in such a small space of time. This piece of artwork ~ Tree of Happiness, will always remind me of this!

It was before I started texturing canvases. I have layered on pastel colours of acrylic and emulsion and glitter, painted a silhouette of a tree and decorated it with buttons.

I am hoping to do some similar pieces for my Etsy shop real soon!



Art Progress; Creative People are not meant to be Tidy!

A recent conversation inspired me to create this mixed media piece on 30x40cm canvas. I have ripped up paper and card and textured in layers on the canvas. I then printed off some words ‘Creative people are not meant to be tidy!’ and pasted them onto the canvas, too.

I then added some of my paper flowers to make the mixed media more 3D and alive! Then I started painting!

I enhanced the words and flowers with black acrylic to give the painting more detail!

This piece of artwork will be available for sale in the next couple of days on my Etsy shop! Don’t forget, you can buy directly off me, just go onto my facebook page and message me!



Making 3D Paper Flowers

Last night I made all of these Paper Flowers… I must admit they are addictive to make and I will be using this technique on many creations in the future!

To make these 3D paper flowers I cut various sized circles out of different cards and papers and scrunch them up so they look ruffled. The paper I have used musical note paper, textured paper, colourful card and pages from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, but you could use any paper/card you wish!

After scrunching them up, I place all the ruffled circles together, and make a hole in the middle either with a crafting knife or a pair of scissors. I then use split pins (which you can buy at any stationary shop) to push through the middle and hold them together!

Simple but effective way of making beautiful flowers for your creations. I will be using these on many things such as canvas paintings, cards and making them into magnets!