Yesterday I featured Kelly’s Morning Bath 1, printed on green leafy paper with a green parchment mat and mentioned that I had actually cut this design twice and couldn’t decide which I liked better. Today I feature Kelly’s Morning Bath 2, above. If you compare the two you’ll see that this design has a decorative border around each vignette of Kelly bathing. I still can’t decide which I like better, so I still print both.
This variation, however, I print as individual images in addition to the three panel layout. Each individual panel makes a nice little card or print on its own, even imprinted on a garment or cloth item for housewares.
Kelly gives herself a complete bath every morning after breakfast on the table in front of the window in my studio, her every move full of purpose and industry.
This print captures a sunny spring morning when the leaves are new, as this window in my house faces my lilac and a number of trees which filter the sun, speckling the table with splashes of sun and shadow.
It is printed on handmade rag paper embedded with bits of cloth and recycled paper in various shades of pale orange, matted with a natural white black core mat, framed with clear glass in a plain matte-finish black frame.
The image size is 5″ x 10″, the frame size is 10″ x 20″.
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. Because of this process, each print is slightly different and therefore unique.
I usually print a series of six prints, preparing my papers ahead of time, then offering them matted and framed, matted only, print only, hand-tinted and sometimes incorporated into another type of work.
I carved and printed this one according to my first idea, then decided I might like each scene to have a border and a little more detail, so you’ll also find Kelly’s Morning Bath 2. In addition to this matted print, they are available as a print alone or matted with no frame. In addition to the printing them as wall art, I also print them on other items such as curtains, placemats, tablecloths and other household items.