Those little chickadees—I don’t know how they get anything accomplished when they are always hopping about and chick-a-dee-dee-ing. I have feeders outside each window and in the winter the cheerful chirps and constant activity among the bare and graceful branches are welcome.
This is a long and narrow linoleum block print in black on white rice paper with a tint of gray on the birds. It’s matted with a tan black-core top mat and a turquoise black-core bottom mat, framed with a black wood frame with a rustic edge. The art size is 12″W x 4″H, the frame size is 16″W x 8″H.
I have fun with this print. I kept the design fairly plain and spare so that I can sometimes add other colors to the background but more often mat and frame it in other color combinations and other frame styles and colors.
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.