Botanical printing on Paper

These creatures in hollows are the result of several printmaking processes – woodgrain prints, linocut, heat-press botanical prints and brown onion skin dip-dyeing. Creating a wood grain print requires lots of sanding, charring with a blow torch and then cleaning the wood slice with a wire brush. I have used three different linocuts – numbat, Krefft’s glider and Sooty owl. Finally, arranging eucalyptus leaves on the paper, sandwiched between wet wool blankets and ‘cooked’ in the heat press for about two minutes to transfer the images to the paper. The orange colour is obtained from a woolen blanket soaked in iron solution and the yellow from a brown onion skin ‘soup’. The aim is to achieve a variety of natural colours and textures to complement images of our native fauna.

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