This is the second set of four that I’ll be featuring during this week. Each is a set of two, and the series contains four designs.
Printed in hand-mixed rust-color water-based block print ink on purchased orange fleck handmade paper, these prints are matted with natural white acid free mat, backed with acid free foam core, and framed in a flat profile oak wood frame with premium quality glass.
The stripes made me do it! The clarity of tabby cat stripes as they outline a cat’s features and define its shape has always been an inspiration for more graphic designs in this four-part series.
Two of the designs were inspired by my cats: “Fawnball” is how Fawn always kept an eye on me, and “Wrinkled Pajamas” is how Stanley looked when he slept, like a pile of laundry. The other two designs, “Let Me Clean You Up” and “Sunshine and Flowers” are from friends’ photos.
Block printing is a technique wherein the artist carves the surface of a piece of linoleum, leaving raised areas which will become the image. Ink is rolled onto these raised areas, then a piece of paper is pressed against the block and when it’s lifted away the ink remains, leaving the image on the paper.
All are printed with a variety of colors and purchased handmade papers then matted and framed entirely by the artist. All are in 5” x 7” wood frames including glass and acid-free mat and backing.