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 November print:
The print is a two colour linocut with a hand painted gouache element.
Each print has been editioned and signed.
Paper size: 15cm x 22cm
Image size: 9cm x 15cm
The month of November always feels like a little bit of calm before the festivities of December begin. There is a definite chill in the air and the hours of darkness outweigh those of light. Despite the initial burst of colour found on Bonfire night, it feels like a month void of much colour. In the natural world, the gardens have died back and been put to bed, and the many colours of summer have long since faded.
For this reason I wanted the November print to be subtle in it's hues. Calm and clean. I picked Eucalyptus as the main botanical element. With it's silvery green grey leaves, it seemed to have that cool clean elegance I was looking for. I love to have some in the house at this time of the year. It looks lovely just on it's own and has an incredible smell. To compliment this I added Snowberries. As a lover of snow, I've always been fascinated by these strange soft looking berries, and on noticing some while out on a walk, I felt they needed to be included in the print. I almost left the print at that. The lack of colour seemed to appeal to me, but it also felt like something was missing.
The little pop of colour that was needed was found in the wonderful golden globes of Craspedia. It's not a plant that you might find in your garden or the British hedgerows, but I have dried ones in our home that I saved from my wedding bouquet. They are there to represent the bright fireworks. I hand painted these with gouache paint. Allowing for more detail to be added.
The dark grey backdrop is to represent the dark days and nights.
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, all prints have slight variations in depth of colour and placement.*