I finally made it into the studio to print this morning! This is an image of the first print off the block. The next step is waiting for it to dry and then handcolouring. I use an oil based ink to print the black which can take a few days to dry depending on the weather. I then do a sample handcoloured print working out exact colours – within the designing process I had already made the major decisions about the general colours I would use so it is a refining process at this stage. I usually mark on this ‘master’ the names and sample of all the colours I use for each flower/foilage.
This is quite a complicated design and very ‘busy’ – combinations of flowers, foilage and colour are quite complex – hopefully it will all work!!
So now I will wait for the ink to dry……..