Printmaking with Gill Thompson 18th Oct

On Weds 18th October, we held an Art Ceilidh day at An Lanntair in the art room.

You may have seen the current exhibition of Gill’s evening class students’ work in the Mezzanine Gallery at An Lanntair – this was a supported day to try Gill’s techniques out for free, funded by Life Changes Trust and the William Grant Foundation under our Me Time set of projects to support people with unpaid caring roles by offering supported sessions and relaxed days to drop in or stay all day and try working with current artists for free.

Gill walked us through creating a lino cut print from start to finish and then talked about the different inks available and how long they take to dry.

We had a go at printing one of Gill’s designs to start with and then worked on our own designs drawing them, or tracing them, then using a white transfer paper to mark the tile surface to guide our cuts. We experimented with different tools and pressures.

There were a few Christmas cards, wrapping bags, tags because of the season but there was also a glorious two-colour floral card created, which was to be used as a beautiful, incredibly personal condolence card.

Comments from the day included
‘I can’t believe it, how good it is turning out!’
‘I made that!’
‘It’s brilliant, isn’t it?’
‘I didn’t think mine would turn out so good’
‘I’ll give this card to my Grandson, hand made by Granny!’

Throughout the day, we had ten people participate, plus some children after their dance show next door. Bellann from the Volunteer Centre came along, Kelly-Anne from Tagsa Uibhist, George Pazio, our Post Diagnostic nurse and the morning and afternoon sessions were equally busy, with three people staying for lunch.

Have a look at our creations!

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