How I made this print
I’ve created this linocut of a single orchid bloom by individually printing it by hand onto Tosa-shi paper. It’s based on a photo I took of one of my Dad’s orchids. I used Japanese tools to carve into a sheet of vinyl to create the printing block. I printed each colour from this block using water-based pigment inks and a series of stencils. During the printing process, I apply ink to the block, and then lay the paper onto it. I then press on the back of the paper using a Japanese hand-printing press called a baren. The areas that are left unprinted create the “white” of the petals. I also lay the paper on the clean block and press through from the back. This gives an embossed effect which adds a three-dimensional quality to the print.
Every print in a batch is made in the same way, but each time the block is inked and pressed slightly differently. This results in a succession of seemingly identical but actually unique prints – each and every one is an individual, hand crafted and original work of art.
When the print is finished, I blind print my chop seal in the corner so it appears to be embossed.
Print size is 8″ x 3.5″ (21.5cm x 8.5cm) approx.
The print comes mounted and ready to frame, with double bevel-cut mount – overall size is 12″ x 7″ (31cm x 18cm) approx.
I mount the print onto the backing board using photo corners. I also attach an information sheet explaining how the print was made on the reverse.
The print comes packaged in a crystal clear cellophane bag. I send prints in a board-backed envelope by Royal Mail.