Sunday, December 6, 2009

craft fair

Keiron, Jane and I (Mary) had a wonderful time yesterday at the Craft and contemporary art fair at the Bluecoat. We had a table selling handmade Christmas cards, books, and screen printed bags, and original prints. The weather held out most of the day, just very cold really, and the place was buzzing with people. 

We'll be there again next Saturday, so please stop by! The fair is open from  11-5.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

Loaca Arts

Any time you can volunteer, Please contact Jane/ Kieron for this Saturday and Mary/ Kieron for next.
Storage space TBC but we aim to have somewhere lined up from tomorrow.

Prints, cards, bags, T'shirts.... Illustrators show your stuff.

A peep at the offer:

Monday, November 2, 2009

Comiket and Blankpages

illustration © Lewis Trondheim

Phil Marsden's Compromise Comics™ will be tabling at Comica Comiket Small Press and Self-Publisher's Fair at the ICA in London this coming Sunday 8th November from 1-6pm.

Also, Phillip is featured in the latest issue of Blankpages magazine, guest-edited by Liverpool artist Jack Welsh. Click here to read online or to download as a PDF.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Spike Island Book & Zine Fair this Halloween!

A selection of Phil Marsden's comix will be for sale at Spike Island Artists' Book & Zine Fair in Bristol this Hallowe'en, Sat 31st Oct, 1-6pm. They will form part of a Liverpool zinemakers table hosted by the lovely Marie Claire from FACT, so check it out if you are in town!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

an example

Hi everyone,

Just thought I'd share this artist's work with you becuase I am so inspired by him His name is Rob Ryan and his screen prints and paper cut outs are unbelievable.

Hope everyone is well and hopefully we'll be in the studio soon! I think it's my turn to pay, so I'll book the room, perhaps for the 3rd?


Monday, October 19, 2009

Check out these Screen printing links, showcasing Nobrow - a beautiful publication, and demonstrating registration method. Also just a simple design wallplanner shows how effective and cherished the screen print method is. (My son's Spot colour printed OKIDO comic arrived today!)

Friday, October 2, 2009

Screen Exposure and Print Skill Share 11th Oct

Hi, I will be running an all day screen print session on Sunday 11th October, starting at 10am. This includes making positives and colour separations, screen exposure and then printing your images. The workshop is open to all and is free, however places are limited and only three places are remaining. please get in touch via e-mail to to book a place.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Day of the Dead in Drypoint with Phil Marsden

1st November, 10.00am - 4.00pm
£60/50 concs

Phil Marsden will be leading a one-day print workshop at the Bluecoat print studio this November to coincide with the exhibition Under the Volcano.

'...Here he explores your macabre side and the work of Mexican engraver/social commentator José Posada whilst introducing the quick and easy art of making black and white prints from drypoint paper plates, Perspex and aluminium. Come and have a go if you think you're dark enough!'

Image: Metroskeleton, drypoint, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Mary, just wanted to say thanks for the bookmaking session yesterday. I really enjoyed it xx
Here are some not great photos of my finished products.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Hi all
What shall we do Tuesday 18th - anyone have any suggestions?
just want to let you know Tuesday's I will be away, they are: Sept 8th, Oct 20th / 27th & Nov 3rd.
Phil, I was going to ask you when you would be up for doing a tech session but you went for lunch before I could ask. Also looking forward to more screenprinting.
I am in an exhibition at Novas as part of 'soup' the PV is on Wednesday 19th August from 6pm - not sure what floor!! come along....

Preview above

see you all Tuesday xx

Monday, August 3, 2009

logo and book arts

Hi everyone!

Here's the final logo, let me know what you think. I think it's pretty solid. 

Also, I'm going to book the print studio for August 25th & 26th for the book arts demo. That's a Tuesday and Wednesday. Emma is starting a skills share project and this is my show&tell turn. It's open to anyone who is either in the illustrators group or to anyone who wants to be a part of the skills share project. We get two sessions in the studio for this, so I'll be running the workshop twice. 
See you all tomorrow in the studio!


Friday, July 31, 2009

Hello, the print studio is booked and paid for Tues 4th. We will have to be out on time as it's booked for the afternoon.
See you all then, Lou

Monday, July 27, 2009 be finished

I need feedback! What do people think? I'd be happy using several different designs, because I don't think we need just one logo for all that we may do. Please, comment and I will use the information to create two or three final designs. Thanks!
Above: for the blog/website?
ps. I will probably post more as time goes by...

drawings from tuesday 21st july

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Screen Printing at Home

Hello All,

Just wanted to show you guys what I have been up to, I have just set up a screen printing press at home here are some images of how I am getting on so far



Sunday, July 19, 2009

editions, private view, 17 July

 I know, these don't convey just how many people were there! It is a beautiful show and we had a wonderful night. Thanks to everyone who came (and despite the miserable weather).

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Ness Gardens is lovely - I went about 13 years ago. We'd need a mini bus!! Shall we go to the Palm house in sefton park then, it's probably the easiest for everyone to get to. This is an 'Elizabeth Blackadder' print.


Here are two other spots that sound really interesting and would be great to check out. I've been to the Wildflower Centre in the early spring, so it was pretty bare, but I bet now it is full of interesting flowers. Neither of these are free and they are both out of the city centre. Ness gardens in the Wirral. 

If these are too far, then I would love to just meet at Sefton Palm House (right near me) or Calderstones, which sounds cool.

I'm not able to join you all next Tuesday (July 21), but I will be ready for Tuesdays after that!


Palmhouse? or the greenhouses and gardens at Calderstones...

I'd like to propose a drawing day involving botanical subject matter, I have been inspired by Elizabeth Blackadder's prints. Anyone know of a good place to do this?

Here's an unrelated image of mine

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

My First Blog

As this is my first contribution to the blog I would just like to say a big thanks to Emma Gregory and my Six Fellow illustrators. I have throughly enjoyed being part of this group and I feel we have managed to produce some fantastic pieces of work. I am very much looking forward to fridays exhibition at Editions, I would also like to thank Olwen and Steve for getting are work hung for the show. I hope this will be the first of many exhibitions for the Liverpool illustrators.


Keiron Finnetty
Hi All, This is from Emma:

If anyone wants to join Emma Gregory in the Print Studio at the Bluecoat on Monday morning 20 July at 10am she will be demonstrating the registration of more than one relief block to create a multicoloured lino print. She will show how to offset a key stencil onto a second block for cutting and how to print 2 blocks in quick succession using the Kento method. This is part of the Skills Share project. For more details please chat with Emma.
Notes from July 11 Meet: Bluecoat espresso 9.00 am
  • All work to Olwen for final hanging today.
  • e invite has been received and needs to be circulated among group, then out to our own lists asap.
  • Catering: Mary -cakes, Jane -savoury, Rhonda -wine.
Future plans
  • We'll continue to meet on Tuesdays
  • Drawing will feature (Theatre rehearsal), also a visit to hotbed press, an animation day (Kieron), bookbinding (Mary) and of course more print.
  • Next show tbc.
  • New group members invited via Phil and Kieron
  • Facebook page
  • Group website to showcase work
The current thrust of the group is creative endeavour (Experiment with printing, drawing, making, ideas.) While we will plan projects to promote our work commercially with mailshots and website etc, we are still focussed on the print room at Bluecoat. Currently the max capacity in the room is 8. For now Liverpool Illustrators will stay small, in the future, who knows....?

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Magnificent Seven

A sample of work by Phil Marsden as featured in the current exhibition, The Magnificent Seven at Editions Ltd in Liverpool. The show runs until 30th July.

Jo Jo's Jacket, etching with aquatint, 2009

Chandlers Quay, lino cut, 2009

Santiago de Compostela, photo-etching with Chine-collé, 2009

Clown Egg Register Vol I, drypoint, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The plan for the next series:
A Louise
B Jane
C Phil
D Rhonda
E Mary
F Keiron
We do not meet June 23, next session is June 30, Paid by Mary (E)
July 7 will be first drawing week, led by Louise (A), then:

> July 14 Drawing Led by B
> July 21 Print Paid by F
> July 28 Print Paid by A
> Aug 4 Drawing Led by C
> Aug 11 Drawing Led by D
> Aug 25 Print Paid by B
> Sept 1 Print Paid by C
> etc...
> (We will skip a week or two in July/ Aug for holidays)

Don't forget, e mail images to Editions

Thursday, May 28, 2009


Your chance to own an original artwork by members of Liverpool Illustrators!

The group are showing new work as part of a charity exhibition Go Pink and Blue 09 at Novas CUC in Liverpool from 29th May til 19th July.

Over 70 local artists have donated work to raise awareness and funds for male and female related cancer charities!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

this is a lot longer than i planned

Hi everyone,

Jane, thanks for the submission info! Here is another that I have found: about a climate change poster. I wish I could do nothing but make work for these types of things, but there is so much to do! 

I would also really like to hire the studio for a few weeks. If there are six of us, thirty pounds each would give us another six weeks, though I won't be able to afford it if there are less people going in on it, too. Thirty pound is pretty much my limit right now. So who else is interested? 

Just a reminder about the show at Arena tomorrow (Thursday) night. I plan to go because the work should be really good and it'd be good to check out the space. Does anyone have work they would like to submit for a group show there? I have several pieces ready to go!

Hope everyone's having a superb week.


Round Up

Hi All.

There 2 opportunities to submit work for online mag newsugar.
Either might appeal, Hmmm, I think they could use some more actual GOOD illustration... Looks like good exposure.

I am proposing we rent the print space for another 6 weeks, by the way.
Somebody else's turn to post?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Think Ink

Hi. Shame I had to leave promptly again today, I thought we managed OK in the print studio without supervision. So... We have options to consider on the pink/ blue intaglio ink.
I need to order some stuff from TN Lawrence, and can add a couple of tubes on to arrive later this week I think, IF a couple of people get back to me. Looking at the options my pref is Lawrence's own 'French 88', Prussian Blue and Ruby madder @ £7.95 and £9.75/ 150 ml, we could even add a yellow for future projects if anyone wants to invest.
Let me have your thoughts, you can view the stock here:

Sunday, March 29, 2009


Hi Everyone,

Hope everyone had a nice weekend. I was thinking about our next six weeks in the studio and thought that it would be smart to organize it a bit. Because Jane and Lou mentioned demonstrating silkscreening and gum arabic transfers, maybe they can pick specific weeks so that we all know what's up. Doesn anyone else want to give a sort of workshop? I'm interested in using photographs for printmaking, if anyone (like Rhonda?) is willing to teach me!

What do you think?

See you Tuesday!


ps. I will try to make muffins for our last class :)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Shameless plug

A selection of Phil's comix are on display at FACT as part of the current exhibition, Climate For Change, until the end of May.
And will also be available for sale in the FACT shop for the duration.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Message from Emma

Emma asked me to post this on our blog:

I've had a brief chat with Owen at Editions Ltd. of Cook Street. She has exhibition space for you from 9 July for 3 weeks approx. She will do mailout and pv card if you supply the mailing list. Her percentage on sales is reasonable. Four medium frames each. I'm willing to advertise it through the Bluecoat and print studio brochures. Am thinking of calling it The Magnificent Seven. Does this clash with Phil's proposal and what do you all think? Decision by end of Tuesday next week please. X Emma

Mary says: This is great! A wonderful opportunity and I think we should accept. Doesn't need to clash with the Go Pink/Blue exhibition, but we may need to decide whether or not to propose a show at Arena still. 

What are everyone's thoughts?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

And we begin

Hello! Just thought it would be nice to start out with a print. Oh, I can't wait to see what everyone posts and it would be great to see the work people are doing outside of the course as well, wouldn't it?