Monday, 2 May 2016

Banksia Study.

 I found this small Banksia cone a day or so ago and set about drawing it to try and get a feel for how to make a rubber (Soft-Cut) stamp of it and the leaves. You can see with this first test print that I've missed carving out one of the seed pods right in the middle.
 Now that's better for the cone, and the leaves have printed out quite well too. I started out by drawing the leaves, but then found that I could of course trace around them. Note the insect nibbles to the edges of some of the leaves.
 This is the cone in situ with it's leaves and stems and below is my simplified stamped version.
It would have been better if I had lined up the cone stamp more accurately! For a final print I will make the cone dark brown and vary the tones of the leaves.


Mary said...

I love the image. It is such an interesting plant to draw, especially the seed head.
There was a quilt that I saw, I think it was at the AQC, that had used fabric printed with a similar sort of design. It was the background and I loved it.

mycamerandme365 said...

Thank you Mary!
I think that the Banksia has been depicted with many different types of media, it's such an appealing shape.