For my second spring flower print I decided to chose Snowdrops. I love these little white flowers popping up in spring, these ones were drawn from picture I took at a garden near my Nan’s house. There were so many snowdrops growing there and we even saw a group planted in a heart shape.
After trying a reduction print with the daffodil flowers, I decided to try a larger reduction print this time. I printed the first colour as a solid with only the white flowers cut out. I did this knowing that I would not be able to get a completely solid print as I wanted to create the impression of depth and a variation helped with this. As you can see from this photo the grain in the paper is still visible.
This is the first colour on the press.
I then cut away more of the lino to create a middle ground of leaves, keeping the stalk for the flowers too.
To make the foreground, I cut much more of the lino away to highlight some of the leaves and the stalks.
Here is the lino cut on my press printing the final colour, it was tricky to get the fit right on the three colours.
This is the final print, a limited edition of 10 printed on a Somerset soft white textured paper, a 300gsm paper that is mould-made with 100% cotton rag at St. Cuthbert’s Mill, Somerset. It is 180 x 135mm.