Paper. It isn't something that one should normally get over-excited about but this week I am. Over the past couple of weeks I have been sourcing out a good art printer to make some of my work into prints. It is an absolute minefield out there, I mean, what do you go for? There's German Etching, Photo Rag, Enhanced Velvet...the list goes on, (and in some cases, on and on). It is a quandary. Luckily the folk who print are a nice lot and send out lots of lovely samples and price lists to help you through your choice. Then there's the scanning process!
|Some of the gorgeous papers care of|
The Dot Foundry and
People seem to like my work. Family and friends, and friends of friends, and friends of friends of friends and so on seem to like my work that is, and often ask for a print. OK then, I say and then the deed is done, a purchase. A real life buyer, whoopee!!! Now that really is something to get excited about. Here are three of the current favourites from the portfolio.
|A selection of garden veg|
|Stylish in monochrome|
|My latest composition of Cirrhosa 'wisley cream'|
And there is a growing waiting list for this one that I still need to finish. There is enough room for one more, and rather than the oak leaf that I had first intended for the space, I think I will replace it with one of the gorgeous silver leaves from Heuchera 'Cinnebar Silver'.
|The October 30/30 Leaf challenge|
Not quite 30 and does it matter that I am finishing
it all off in April?
Now comes the hard part, getting a print done, or a couple of prints, or maybe ten prints. Rather than use the good old trusty that languishes only to print out complaint letters or the odd something on line, a proper art print, on proper watercolour print paper is the order of the day. So here goes with Somerset Enhanced Velvet from St. Cuthberts Mill. Somerset paper is a lovely weighty, mould made, 100% cotton paper that has a fine velvety texture and handle that is perfect for detailed botanical work. Paper heaven. I just hope my work is up to the job.