This print illustrates an offering of beautiful spring flowers, gathered by my small son from the meadow in front of our house. The meadow forms the lower part of our Tudor garden, and these flowers would have been known to the inhabitants of our house in its early days - Ladies Smock, Primrose and Snakes Head Fritilliary.
This Linocut is printed in a single colour, with the impression taken from a single block. It is one of a series of twelve, made month by month over the course of a year, capturing the wild plants and flowers that for me best illustrate that month. The full series documents the passing seasons and is a varied edition, in that I print two versions of each image, one black, and one in a colour that for me, best reflects the time of year.
I use water-based relief inks, blending them to achieve the colours that I like to use and I print onto traditional printmakers paper, either Somerset Satin or a French milled paper. The paper is a soft white with a velvety surface and may have the deckled edge on one side, depending on where it is cut from the full sheet. I use an old Victorian book press to take the impression or rub by hand with a Japanese baren if the print is too big to fit into the press.
Your print will be carefully prepared for shipping, wrapped in acid free tissue paper and rolled inside a sturdy cardboard tube, cushioned with tissue at either end and securely sealed. If you are purchasing one of the Month series, please message or contact me to let me know if you would like a black or colour one.
Water-based inks, cotton printmaking paper, rubber rollers and an iron press.