Arts Canterbury Shop at South City Shopping Centre

Arts Canterbury South City Shopping Centre

Arts Canterbury has recently opened a “pop up” shop in the South City Shopping Centre in Central Christchurch. This a great initiative that gives artists the chance to share their art with a new audience, and have their art available to view on a regular basis.

Flexcut Slip Strop Review – How To Keep Your Lino Tools Sharp

Flexcut Slip Strop Review

A couple of months ago I invested in some Pfeil lino cutting tools. I then purchased a Flexcut Slip Strop so I could keep them sharp while carving. This is a short review of my experience purchasing the Flexcut Slip Strop, and afterwards using this product. Hopefully, this might help out others who are considering buying a Slip Strop to sharpen their lino cutting tools.

Selwyn Practicing Artists

Selwyn Practicing Artists

Lots of great things have happened this year despite the disruption of an international pandemic. One of these has been the formation of Selwyn Practicing Artists.

5 Ways to Support Creative Businesses For Free!

Support Creative Businesses for Free Margaret White Art

There are lots of people out there that are keen to show their support for small business and creatives, but some people are doing it tough financially at the moment and don’t have a lot of spare cash. So I thought I would share some ideas of how you can support creative businesses – for free!

Hand-Printing My Daisy Greeting Cards

Hand-Printing Greeting Cards Daisies Margaret White Art

This year I started hand-printing greeting cards in my studio. I saw this as a way to diversify my income from art, and give my supporters an affordable way to access hand-printed items. I recently put together a video that shows the printing process for my hand-coloured greeting cards…

Making an Impression Exhibition- Te Huanui Gallery

Making An Impression Exhibition Te Huanui Gallery Margaret White Art

I had been eagerly awaiting this exhibition all year, and with the complications that 2020 has brought, I did wonder whether it really would happen. However, all the stars happily realigned, and so on Friday 28th August 2020 the group printmaking exhibition Making an Impression opened at Te Huanui Gallery in Darfield.

How to Make Beautiful Tea Dyed Fabric – Step By Step

Margaret White Art Tea Towels

Tea makes a beautiful dye that can be used on many natural fabrics. It is a safe and easy process that can be done at home in your own kitchen without the worry of harsh chemicals like other dyeing processes. In this article I will explain step by step how to make beautiful tea dyed fabric.

Ink Tube Storage: My Happy Junk Shop Find

Ink Tube Storage

I dropped off some donations to our local 2nd hand store the other day, and decided to have a wander around. A dusty box minus its lid was sitting at the back of a shelf. I spied the sloping dividers up the middle – was this an old filing box? A box to store photos in?

Designing a Print: Sketchbook to Lino

Designing a print

This short post explains the typical process I follow when designing a print. In this example I am creating a landscape linocut inspired by my sketchbook.

Break in the Weather: A Sketching Adventure

break in the weather

The sky outside at home had been grey for days. In fact the weather experts were telling us it had been eight days since we last saw sunshine. Apparently the record had recently been broken by a moment that morning when the sun had struggled through the clouds for 12 minutes before disappearing behind the grey gloom again. I must have been inside packing my bag.

5 Awesome Android Apps that Artists Will Love

Android Apps for Artists Blog Margaret White Art

Fellow artists have asked me which phone apps I use as part of my art practice and business. As well as the usual social media apps, here are some other useful android apps for artists.

Float Mounting Artwork

Aviation Print on Teabags Margaret White Art NZ

I use the technique of float mounting artwork when framing many of my prints on paper, but also when mounting my tea bag artworks. I will explain here what float mounting is, when to use it, and the materials needed

Make Your Own Art Drying Rack

Print or Art Drying Rack made from wood and dowel rods suitable for an art or printmaking studio

Is your studio covered in prints and artworks laid out to dry? This post explains how I made my own art drying rack to regain the floor space and work surfaces for other things.

Deckle Edged Paper

Margaret White Art Linocut Typography Outdoors

I often like to print on deckle edged paper. This short article explains the origins of deckle edges and why I choose to finish some of my printing papers this way.

Sketching Outdoors: 7 Things You Should Pack

Sketching Outdoors: Packing for a hike or tramp

Sketching when I travel and explore the great outdoors is an essential part of my art. Not only does it provide regular drawing practice, the sketches provide inspiration for many of the prints that I later create back in the studio.

Choosing a Travel Watercolour Set

Near the top of my packing list when we travel is my Winsor and Newton Cotman Mini Plus Watercolour Travel Set. Here’s a short review for anyone looking to pick up a pocket-sized watercolour set for travel or outdoor adventuring.

What is a Variable Edition Print?

Variable Editions Margaret White

Normally, when you are printing an edition, you are striving to make each print in the edition as close to identical as possible. With a variable edition (also called a “varied edition”) most of the image information is still coming from the plates, but the artist is intentionally manipulating the printing in some way.

How To Fit Art in Your Handbag

I normally have several sketchbooks on the go at once. I have two studio sketchbooks that I use for planning out new artworks, a travel sketchbook that goes in my backpack when we head out on walks or for holidays, and finally I have my handbag sketchbook