Tomorrow, millions of mothers will be swamped with chrysanthemums.
Why should printmakers not have ‘ a special day’? Oh, they do?
Why, yes! The first Saturday in May is International Print Day. http://printdayinmay.wordpress.com/2011/04/14/its-just-about-time-for-our-annual-print-day-in-may
I had such good intentions of cutting new plates and printing…sigh
Other “pressing” issues intervened. But I was determined to print something! So I hauled out some older plates. Hey! Never let it be said that I’m not willing!
This(below) is a baren, a traditional Japanese implement, wrapped in a skin of bamboo leaves, used in hand printing. (The wrinkly old hand is not Japanese.)
Yes, I hand-pulled my prints today, which means I cannot show you any intaglio-printed pieces, or even heavy collographs as these require the use of a press.
These are what I did manage. Inked plates, after I’d pulled the prints.
The prints are drying on the rack; tomorrow (my time, this side of the IDL; it will still be May 7 elsewhere) I’ll post pics of the prints.
And I’ve lit votive candles to appease the spirits that got in the way of my posting new work!
Y’all come back now, y’hear!*
* I guess that will not resonate with anyone under 55!
EDITED TO ADD PHOTOS.
Interesting marks when cleaning up….
….turned to this orientation……
The Man said it looks like a panda!
For this I over-printed a monotype of ferns with a sliced-up collograph plate of a nude. The ink looks very “spacey” and I think it’s probably due to some sticky residue on the collograph plate. I was lazy and didn’t bother to go downstairs in the rain to fetch some turpentine and clean it thoroughly! In my defence, can I say that NORMALLY when I set up to print I have everything to hand.
This will be familiar to some readers! It’s dear old Nelson, an owl who lived with us following a a serious run-in with a windscreen. As he was unable to be released, I was allowed to keep him on a permit and he became part of an educational programme. The plate is a linoprint.
Another linoprint. A non-specific fish!
And that is all for now. Maybe , next year, I’ll be better organised. Maybe.;-)