A walk in the woodland close to my house provided the inspiration for Mays print, it runs alongside an ancient and forgotten green lane which I think of as a miniature nature reserve as it is rarely visited by humans. At this time of year it is carpeted with Wild Garlic and Bluebells, with Harts Tongue ferns along the tops of the enclosing walls. Here they are displayed in a little handblown glass, my collection for May.
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 purchasing this print, please add a message or contact me to specify whether you would like the black or colour edition.
Water-based inks, cotton printmaking paper, rubber rollers and an iron press.