An irony of an irony - the text is written by hand and each bird is unique [cue mad scientist laughter in background ;) ].
|All the birds that haven't yet made it into a collage|
|cut out and individualized all the parrots (my favorite are the obnoxious neon ones ;) )|
|New blocks this week - flowers, branch, new fly|
It wasn't all birds - I also finished the flower block and put it to immediate (o so cheerful) use:
Over weekend I went to Zea Mays for a wonderful workshop in polyester plate lithography and monotype printmaking. This was very much in the spirit of phase 5 and trying again - I first learned about polyester plate lithography through a Zea Mays workshop last May. I liked it, but at the time, I didn't have access to a press, and hadn't yet done the block carving mini-project to consolidate relief carving skills.
Now, I'm starting to feel ready to start trying to incorporate it, but I thought I didn't quite have enough experience to try it alone. I know doing a second workshop was pretty self-indulgent, but I did learn a lot. Even though I have notes, some of the information didn't stick the first time before I'd tried it, and seeing some of the ways the plate can be manipulated was a revelation (...though it will probably take a while for me to think it through while practicing (and practicing, and practicing) the basic skills first...)
|11 x 15" Part of the reason I'm interested in|
polyester plate lithography is that it lends itself
to larger (but still economical) plates
|More birds with text|
|close up - the results of looking at the Dover edition of Gerard's Herbal (cough, cough, obsessively ;) ) |
for a few weeks
|one of the nice things about polyester plates is that they can be cut out and collaged on the press bed|
|The flowers were based on the illustration of roses, but they morphed into a sort of |
marigold/zinnia hybrid...which is what's blooming in my yard - coincidence?
|The sun is setting and the forest is going dormant.|