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 June print:
The print is a two colour linocut.
Hand finished with gouache.
Each print has been editioned and signed.
Paper size: 15cm x 22cm
Image size: 9cm x 15cm
There are so many beautiful flowers in June, it was incredibly difficult to narrow it down. Our garden always seems to be a little ahead of the curve, so our lovely slender foxgloves had started to go over a little as June arrived. However, at the beginning of the month I was taking part in a fair at West Dean College. I luckily had time to have a look around their beautiful gardens where I found stunning drifts of these flowers standing tall and proud against cobalt blue skies. I felt like they were the flower to choose.
Pink is a colour I rarely use in artwork, yet in the gardens I saw so many purple and pink hues, it felt like it was time I broke that trend.
It was immediately obvious that the background had to be a bright bold blue to represent those skies, however I didn't want it to be a solid colour, it was too harsh. The grid effect is plain and simple allowing the foxgloves to take centre stage.
The flowers themselves are part printed and part painted with vibrant gouache. This matt paint works well with these velvety textured flowers. It was incredibly difficult to simplify such a detailed flower. There are so many colour variations and subtleties, it almost seems a shame to have them in a 'mini' print, when they stand so big and tall in reality.
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.*