For 2017 I've set myself the Mini Print Project.
Every month I will design and print a mini botanical themed print.
Each print will be a linocut.
The print itself will be no larger than A5.
Each print will be a limited edition of 10.
Here is the April print:
The print is a three colour linocut.
Hand finished with gouache.
Each print has been editioned and signed.
Paper size: 15cm x 22cm
Image size: 9cm x 15cm
I wanted April's print to be clean and fresh in feel. The month is one full of vibrant new shoots and green leaves as well as bursts of colour.
It was hard to pick just one flower this month due to the wealth of new blooms that can be found. Grape hyacinths (Muscari) seemed to be in abundance this year, both in ours and in surrounding gardens. I love their little bobbly blue flowers. It felt a little like they were saying 'Pick me!' for this months print. So I did.
Tulips on the other hand have always been a firm favourite of mine. I love the huge variety of colours and styles. Sadly, more often that not, the majority found in local supermarkets tend to be the more common, one colour classic shape... Not that I mind them at all... But I felt that I should celebrate the variety found within the species, so went for a striped one.
The colour combination this month was heavily influenced by the flower choices. I decided to paint and print the red elements as I wanted a solid looking pot, but hand painted petals, making each tulip flower unique, just like in nature.
Each print is hand burnished using a wooden spoon. I use oil based inks for their longevity and vibrant colour.
*The pictures are to illustrate design and colour. Due to the nature of the printing process, and hand painted elements, all prints have slight variations in depth of colour and placement.*