Echinacea Flower, work in progress

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.

7. Ready to cut out the flower head

Yellow Tulips – work in progress

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.

And on to the next thing(s)….

I’m getting my work together for the next two fairs at the beginning of July; Dot Spread in Leeds on the 2nd and The Sheffield Print Fair on the 9th. I’m really looking forward to both of these friendly events!

I’m working on a few prints and this little hosta is one of them. It’s going to be another addition to my ‘Botanical’ series, which I am adding to every now and then. Here’s some process photos so far:

Cherry Blossom finished!

Finished this just in time to take to Sheffield Makers Fair last Saturday. It took a few experiments to get the colour blue that I had envisaged but I am quite happy with this intense and quite saturated colour.

10 colours

Here are the rest of the process shots. It is always pretty nerve wracking when you get half way through a reduction print and you think “mmmm, did I get that second and third colour right…?”. By then it’s too late and you just have to trust your instincts and go for it! Well, life would be boring if we always knew the outcome of everything we do!