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 March 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
March feels like a hopeful month, where spring really seems to have kicked in and the days are getting longer. There are so many beautiful flowers that are starting to emerge at this time of year, however for me, it was an easy choice. In January I bought some Primroses, the traditional wild ones, with their sunny little faces. In February the odd flower started to pop up and by the beginning of March they were covered in mounds of pale yellow petals. They sum up perfectly this feeling of new life bursting forth.
I wanted the flowers and foliage to really stand out as the bright colourful element to represent the fresh new life, and this dark navy blue background helped to do that perfectly. It symbolises the dark days of winter that are now behind us.
There are two hand painted elements to the print. The pot and the flowers. The pot is actually inspired by one of my own. I felt the simple geometric grid was a perfect contrast to these blowsy blooms. The petals of primroses are like tissue paper, so delicate, and such a pretty pale yellow, yet they have such a bright splash of sunshiny yellow in their centres. Painting this allowed me to capture the variations in the colours.
It's hard not to be cheered by such a pretty little flower.
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.*
Pot pictured in last photo by Rachel Cox Ceramics