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 July 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
July, to me is a fiery month (admittedly not always in the British climate!). The fresh bright greens of spring appear dulled, almost scorched into darker hues. Much like June, July offers an abundance of beautiful flowers.
I decided upon Nasturtiums. It was a little late in the season, but I bought a whole tray of them for the garden. I love the fact that you can use them to brighten up summer salads, and their fiery flowers are reflected with their peppery taste. The flowers come in such a wonderful variety of hot hues, from mild yellow to deep red, but the classic bright orange I felt perfectly summed up this warm summer month.
Nasturtiums have wonderfully stylised saucer shaped leaves, and for these I decided to use black. No, its not a colour you would naturally associate with summer, but I felt it emphasised the idea of sunbaked foliage and it worked well with the bold leaf shape.
For the background, I felt it needed to be a cooler colour, and the perfect contrast to the orange was turquoise. With so much detail in leaves and flowers, the background was left solid, like bright cloudless summer skies.
The one element I decided to paint was the pattern on the vase. I decided upon a woven check, affording it some detail, but allowing the vase to stay a fresher element and needed contrast to the strong colours.
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.*