Sunday, July 11, 2010
Often the smallest things provide the most challenge and the most pleasure. I had been printing some capelin and used one to print onto some rough, hand made paper. The image here of the print is the pertty much actual size. Some people surprised to see that capelin are quite small, delicate looking fish, so my past painting at 12 x 36 was a stretch.
I was using some of the Caligo inks that I received today and both reviving some old lino cut plates as well as adding more printed leaves to my collection. This is Indian paper and measures 3 x 4 inches. I've been using it to print a little series of leaves from the garden, mostly herb, but some trees as well.
Today it was marshmallow. Yes, this is the original marshmallow, a far distant cousin from that sweet, white, spongy confection found in stores. Marshmallow roots as well as leaves are used to sooth sore throats, as well being quite good for inflammation and used commonly in handmade skin care creams. I love the leaves, not so much for their form, but texture. They feel like velvet. The little white flowers are fairly innocuous but the plant is a keeper in my garden.
These, or something similar, may well make their way into my Etsy store as affordable, original prints.