Emma Higgins - Printmaker

Emma Higgins - Printmaker
EmEmma Higgins - Printmakerma Higgins - Printmaker

Emma Higgins - Printmaker

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Valentine's Lino Print Design

I know it's early but this weekend I have been thinking about some new designs for Valentine's. Last year I printed some love notes and gift tags ....

Last night I started work on a simple engraved heart design. First I drew the design onto brown paper, then I transfered the design onto lino.

Next I cut into the lino, I made sure that I cut out the parts of my design that I wanted to stay white.

Once I was happy with my design, I used a roller to apply an even layer of linseed oil based ink.
Then I used the back of an old wooden spoon to press hard on a sheet of paper I had laid over the top.

The last stage was to carefully peel back the paper to reveal the printed design (this is always my favourite part!).

Voila! The finished design!

This is now in my shop for £10... with a pure white mount. See it here...
It also comes in a deep pink colour as seen below.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Christmas is coming...

Feeling festive, I listed another Christmas card I've printed onto Folksy... find it here...http://folksy.com/items/3922638-Lino-Printed-Christmas-Card-Baubles

With a bit of persuasion this week my husband dug around in the attic and brought down the Christmas decorations. I am a bit obsessive about collecting vintage glass baubles, I have far more than any woman would realistically need but I just can't resist them... all shiny and colourful, like sweets. I've collected them over years, mostly from car boot sales, charity shops and occasionally from ebay. Some are hand painted and are just beautiful. These are my favourites...

I also dusted off the angel that sits at the top of our tree this year. I remember being presented with her when I was at Play group (I could only have been three or four years old but I have a bizarre memory for such things). She has a yellowing crepe paper dress, her wings are held on with a rubber band and her eyes are struggling to open. She looks pretty mournful and her party days are behind her but she reminds me of Christmases past so she's here to stay.

Monday, 3 December 2012

A wintery walk...

This morning was crisp, bright and chilly. Wrapped up in woolies, I set off for a wintery walk along Paignton harbour, Goodrington beach and Fairy Cove- arm in arm with Mr Higgins, camera slung over my shoulder... these are some of the photos I took. 


Saturday, 1 December 2012

Medlar brandy....mmm...

The first of the medlars have started to blett so my husband is happy. He has been itching to get started on making some Medlar Brandy...  he found the recipe on the blog 'Land of Oak and Iron' http://jonathankent.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/medlars/ 

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Last of the medlars...

In between the rain showers this morning, I pulled on my boots (still in my pyjamas!) and indulged in one of my Sunday morning bimbles in the garden. In just a few short blustery weeks, the last of the golden leaves have been stripped by the wind (much to my husbands frustration as he chases them with a rake...) All that is left on the medlar tree now is a smattering of stark, bobbly looking fruits that are too high to pick.

Can you spot Barry Diamond? He's not ours but this has always been his stomping ground...



Brown paper packages...

This weekend  I have been packing up some prints to send to two shops that I supply.
Dunlin and Diver in Deal, Kent   http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/dunlindiver/420213451358609?fref=ts


and Inspired by the sea - Worthing. http://www.facebook.com/#!/InspiredbytheSea?fref=ts

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Organised chaos...

These are some recent photos of my workspace. It can get quite chaotic... but it's my own little space to bimble : )

Look what the postman brought today!!

Hurrah! I have just bought a 1940's child's mangle from Ebay! It was £30 and I'm really hoping that my Father in Law will be able to tinker with it enough to enable me to use it as a mini prnting press. I've seen it done by printmaker Ed Boxall http://edboxall.co.uk/2011/06/24/my-new-mangle-printing-press/ so I'm hoping it might be worth a go. At the moment I use a wooden spoon and elbow grease to transfer my designs onto paper. I've always dreamed of having a printing press so fingers crossed this will work.