While out walking the dogs I found some grass heads in the field. Most of the grass has died down, but there were a couple still standing tall, so I picked it. As with anything 3D, it can be tricky to glue plant matter onto a cardboard plate. The idea is to have your plant matter as flat as possible so it won’t tear through the damp paper when printing. I decided to take the grass, place it between two sheets of card, and run it through the press. I got very nice indentations on both pieces of card, but the grass eventually fell apart.
On Winter Grass below, I gessoed one card and added sand medium to the plate after. This was also printed on some new paper I recently purchased. I used Bockingford Hot Press, 140lb high white paper. I have loads of Bockingford cold press for painting watercolors as this has a nice texture and can take a fair amount of water, so I thought I would try out the Hot Press version which is nice and smooth for printing. It worked a treat. As this paper is meant for painting with watercolor, it soaks nicely and doesn’t cockle after printing. I found a nice deal online for 100 sheets as printing paper can be very expensive. Although this paper is called high white, it is more of an off white, creamy color and has yellow undertones when paired up with a bright white picture mount.
These are all printed with Prussian Blue, Caligo Safe Wash Etching Ink. I purchased some etching ink, which is slightly different from relief ink, from the same place I purchased the paper.
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Winter Grass II is the mirror image of Winter Grass.
I made my first print on the Bockingford. I was not quite thrilled with the result and decided that I would probably not make anymore prints from the plate. Then I went and made a cup of tea. Sometimes a cup of tea can give you a different perspective. I decided to try printing with the plate again on white paper and to use some more ink, that way if I still wasn’t happy with the print, then I didn’t use up really good (more expensive) paper for nothing. I was happier with the result. The Prussian Blue is very striking on the white paper. I then went on to pull two prints with Blue Black ink and a mix of Prussian Blue and Blue Black.
You can purchase Winter Grass here on Etsy, or you can click on the link on the sidebar to reach my Etsy shop.