I created this piece combining rubber stamping, acid free inks and watercolor technique on top of handmade Khadi Cotton Rag paper from South India, which is 150 gsm (g/m2) paper made from 100% recycled cotton rag. No chlorine, bleaches or harmful chemicals are used in these papers. They are made with sensitivity to the local environment and the final water run-off from paper production is used to water an organic farm. The paper is acid-free and can be used with all painting and drawing media (source: http://www.danielsmith.com/; for more: www.khadi.com).
Firstly, I painted the middle area of the paper in watercolor. Then, I drew the birds (hummingbirds) to be carved, transferred the drawings on the rubber block, carved them carefully, and created the original stamps. Finally, I used StazOn jet black ink pad for coloring my stamps, and printed them on the dry surface of the Khadi paper.
There exist 20 handmade prints with the boxes painted in watercolor technique, signed and numbered on the front.
Handmade rubber stamps; ink; handmade Khadi paper from south India, made from 100% recycled cotton rags