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Saturday’s creation …

June 8, 2013

I struggled this week to be creative in more ways than one.  Clearly time is always an issue but when I found the time. Then I found difficulty with subject matter, the effect I wanted and the result;

I have a  magnificent Ginkgo Biloba tree in my garden.  I say magnificent, it is in a large pot and only stands 3 metres tall; relatively speaking it is a beauty!

While I cannot attempt to transpose a tree on to my my print material; a leaf would be just right!

I wanted to ‘grab’ an image much like I do with my camera these days. So I made some sketches and traced them onto my pencil erasers (6cm x 4cm)

I carefully engraved the image; this way and that and proceeded to print.

I was disappointed with the result; it was pretty but didn’t say what i had wanted it to say and it was too messy … even a cluster of Ginkgo Biloba leaves are too much to take in

So I tried with the shape of the leaf …

This is a work in progress and there are more issues that came out of this week’s exercise that I am going to work on .

I will value comments!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. June 8, 2013 8:14 am

    whats the ink?

    • June 8, 2013 8:18 am

      It just ink pads from Hobby Cratt; very cheap and poor quality. my first lesson must use better ink! Thanks for asking _/\_ xx

    • June 8, 2013 8:19 am

      What do you recommend?

      • June 9, 2013 8:54 am

        I do letterpress with oil based ink and it’s horrible stuff, if I was going to go down the print making route then I would go here and I would learn to do Japanese wood block techniques, mainly for the beautiful colours of the inks which is starch and pigments.

  2. June 8, 2013 8:46 am

    Have you thought about using a single leaf? A single ginkgo leaf is the symbol of Tokyo City, which also resembles the letter “T”; two rather large ginkgo trees are right outside my front door.

  3. June 10, 2013 6:04 pm

    The singly simplified green one with the blue background stands out the most. It’s lovely.

  4. June 11, 2013 11:37 am

    That single leaf is beautiful in its simplicity.

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