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 September print:
The print is a one colour linocut with hand painted elements in gouache paint.
Each print has been editioned and signed.
Paper size: 15cm x 22cm
Image size: 9cm x 15cm
September is a month of change. The leaves are starting to turn and the once colourful gardens are losing their vibrance. It in some ways has similar feelings to January for me. The long summer nights are drawing in and the fun of the holidays are over, as children make their way back to school. For that reason, I chose a flower this month, that has a nostalgic relevance. When I was growing up we had a couple of big clumps of Michaelmas daisies in our garden. I remember thinking how big and tall they were and so colourful compared to everything else in the garden at that time of the year. Another memory is of the song 'Michaelmas Daisies' (or was it 'Harvest Time'?), which we sung a lot in the Autumn term. The first line being 'Michaelmas daisies, purple in the border...' The perfect flower to sum up this month.
In contrast to the bright primaries of August I felt there needed to be a more subtle colour palette. I chose to keep it simple and clean with a dark charcoal and white, allowing the colour of the flowers to steel the show, much like they do in the garden at this time of the year.
Michaelmas daisies can be found in many shades from a pale lilac/blue to a deep pinky red. They also have many tiny petals, layered up. Painting these elements allowed me to gain a variation in colour giving the feeling of layers of petals and a more delicate feel than a layer of ink would have allowed. The yellow centres were again painted to allow variation in colour.
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.*