Well, this was a labour of love, and slight frustration! Ten layers in all and a few duds along the way (inky finger prints mostly, no matter how careful I am…), so I think I will end up with about 16 prints, instead of twenty.
I’m quite happy with it though, and it sits in with the set of six ‘Botanical’ prints, which is a nice even number to display at The Art Market in York at the end of the month. Talking of which, I have a few more prints to do so had better get to it!
I’m doing another in my series of ‘botanical’ prints, this one is an Echinacea flower. They really do have such a lovely shape and are like huge, coloured in daisies.
I’ve finished the flower head so can now cut that out and finish the petals. I’m stupidly confident that I will be able to cover the over-inked bits at the bottom of the flower head. It is amazing what you can cover up though, even a smidge of white ink should help…famous last words.
Here’s the progress so far:
And this is the state of the flower block (looks like the dog has chewed it, as usual)…which I shall now cut out the dotty flower head to do two or three layers on the petals.
This is a sort of companion piece to my Renewal print, and I still don’t know what I am going to call it. They are actually dying tulips, but I’m not sure I want to call this ‘death’ (!). Something will come to mind I’m sure, and if not, then I’ll have a shufty through my thesaurus.
I’m printing this in the same way, starting out with a solid dark background before cutting out the areas to end with the lightest colour last. Well, that’s the plan, but I do often go dark, light, dark again, then lighter. There are no rules!
Here are the process photos so far. The next step is to cut out the leaves then do an orangey yellow, then a brighter yellow on the flowers.
Solid purple and blue background
First khaki green
Next, lighter khaki
Third brighter green yellow
So happy to get notification that both my prints have been accepted into this year’s neo:printprize at the neo:gallery in Bolton.
The exhibition will be on from 25th August to 30th October 2016 – at neo:gallery 27, Market Place, Bolton.
I was beginning to give up hope of getting into any exhibition this year, although I was surprised to get past the second round for the Royal Academy summer exhibition, even though I didn’t make the final cut. Not going to let it get me down though, I’ve got too much to do for my christmas fairs, so I better get a wriggle on…