Thursday, 13 December 2018

More Exprimentatal Printing.

       Here are another couple of versions of the Leafy Sea Dragon, neither of which please me!
I quite like the overall pale vegetation in the background, but the foreground seaweeds are too dark and cluttered. I tried printing one of the sea dragons in a sort of brown/grey, but I think that I prefer the contrast of the pure black. More experimentation to come !

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Antipodean Christmas Colour.

 This is a lovely Brachychiton tree in the Royal Botanic gardens in Melbourne, its red flowers blooming in time for Christmas.
 These trees are often used as street trees, but are often torn apart by the Rainbow Lorrikeets, a particularly beautiful small parrot. The ground under the tree is then a carpet of red.
The trees then go on to develop these large seed pods, or at least the flowers that the Lorrikeets don't pull off do. Then the footpaths under the trees are covered with the seeds and pods for months, as they are very big and robust. Well worth the nuisance though, as the flowers are so spectacular at this time of the year.

Monday, 10 December 2018

Dragons & Weeds.

This is the first very rough mock up of my Leafy Sea-dragon and sea weed stamped piece. All the components are separate hand carved stamps, so they can be placed anywhere in any colour. This one is done in 3 shades, soft grey, darker grey and black. The top dragon needs to be rotated counter clock wise a little, and I might even stamp a piece of sea weed right across it's middle. I'm not altogether happy with that area, it's a bit bulgy, so I'd like to disguise that a bit, kind of like my middle really!

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Gift Pots.

I needed 6 little containers for 6 friends, nothing fancy, nothing expensive but hand made. I came up with the idea of these little felt pots with their contrasting floral decoration, made from the left over bits of fabric from the pots themselves. Add a suitable button to the middle of the flowers and they don't look at all bad. Now to fill them with something nice.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Butterlies Galore !

 This is a print from the larger butterfly plates, now with added vein definition. I thought that the red paint on the hind wings would give more of a mauve shade, but it didn't and it's bit too pink for my liking.
 These are the new tiny printing plates, which fit onto postcard sized paper. I added the veins etc before I coated the plates with shellac and it's definitely easier, as I found that the tool slipped about on the shiny surface of the the larger plates.
A selection of postcards ready to be cut out, although I will make more and wipe off a little less as some of the prints are a little wishy washy.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Tiny Butterflies.

The larger butterflies printed reasonably well, although I have now added some more definition to the markings, but not yet printed them, so I don't know how that will effect the final outcome. I did however want a trio to fit on a postcard sized print, so here they are in comparison to the larger ones. They have all been shellacked, so they are a lovely amber colour, but it remains to be seen how the small ones print out. They were a bit difficult to cut out, since the cardboard had to be reasonably robust to stand a few times through the press.Now all I need is time for a printing session!

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Seaweed Stamps.

 I'm starting to carve a collection of seaweed stamps, with five finished and at least one more to go. The large curved ones on the left are very distinctive, so it would be good to have a couple curving in the opposite direction.
                                                           My messy looking test sheet.

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Return to the Stamp Carving.

With a dead line not that far away, I have returned to my Leafy Sea Dragons project, and just carved a second Dragon. I thought that I'd look through my old stamps for some vegetation that might double as sea weed. Unfortunately only 2 were suitable and a little too small for the size of the paper that must be used, 30 cm x 40 cm, so I'll use them in conjunction with some bigger new ones that I want to carve very soon..