One Last Print of Kelly’s Morning Bath

image of block print

Kelly's Morning Bath, linoleum block print only

I found a few things I didn’t realize I still had when I packed for the festival this weekend, and this single print of Kelly’s Morning Bath 1 was one of them.

The print is an odd size, and while I’ve found a pre-made frame to fit now and then it’s usually a custom fit, which can get expensive even for a small print like this one. This way you can customize the print yourself, though.

One last print of Kelly’s Morning Bath from the older sets. This is just the print, unmatted and unframed, on the peach patterned paper

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.

detail of handmade paper

Detail of orange rag paper.

It is printed on handmade rag paper embedded with bits of cloth and recycled paper in various shades of pale orange.

The image size is 5″ x 10″ and is packaged in plastic with an acid-free foam core backing.

I’ve provided detailed images each of the frames and of the paper.

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.

You can find this set of prints in my Etsy shop, or if you are local to me I actually have these on display in my shop in Carnegie, in the back room at Carnegie Antiques, 423 West Main Street.


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