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 August print:
The print is a three colour linocut.
Each print has been editioned and signed.
Paper size: 15cm x 22cm
Image size: 9cm x 15cm
August is a month of late summer days, where the sun still lingers warm in the sky. It's also a month of change, as green fields turn golden ready for harvesting. I didn't feel that one flower could sum this month up. It is the last hurrah of summer, and so I felt it needed to be celebrated in a burst of colour.
As a child, I remember driving past golden corn fields edged with bright poppies and big blue skies, and last year, our local park was full of huge drifts of poppies, cornflowers and daisies. It seemed to be natures way of celebrating the last of the warm days, and both these memories have influenced my choice for August.
The colour scheme was informed by the plant choices and it also felt like a jubilant mix. I love the jagged edges of the cornflowers and chose to stylise and emphasise these. The poppy with its big saucer like petals stands proud against the ears of corn, which I chose to cut out of the yellow background. This gave the corn a more subtle presence, much like in nature, where the corn fields form a backdrop to the flowers growing along the fields edge.
A classic blue and white was used for the vase, keeping it clean and simple, and a tea towel was used as a backdrop to this. I felt it gave a little humble, homeliness to the image. I wanted it to feel like a child had picked a little posey of flowers on a summers walk, and haphazardly stuck them in a vase.
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, all prints have slight variations in depth of colour and placement.*