Studio Diary- April 2017

Wildflower ACEOs by JO Degenhart

April was all about the Wildflowers when I became part of a little group Facebook called ACEOs and Tiny Art Club and planned, carved and printed a series of ACEOs for an online sale. They are a talented group of Artists so it was a little intimidating, to say the least.

For those of you who do not know what an ACEO is (like me a month ago!) it stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals. They are 3.5 x 2.5 inches, incredibly collectable and are a great way to buy art on a smaller budget. They can be made from any medium; painted, drawn, collaged, the possibilities are endless. Before you start searching for them, I will warn you, they can be a little addictive!

Wildflower sketches by Jo Degenhart Wildflower ACEOs carving lino by Jo Degenhart

I began by researching British wildflowers I would like to feature. When I came up with a huge list, I made the choice to create two series of flowers; one for spring then one for summer. When I had my 12 flowers, I sketched each one, taking care to label them all. Next, I traced the designs onto the softcut lino and carved the designs with a white circle around each flower head, creating a solid rectangular frame while being able to add the detail I wanted.

Wildflower ACEOs card cut by Jo Degenhart Wildflower ACEOs inked up linocuts by Jo Degenhart

Trimming the cards took much longer than I thought but was a satisfying job when it resulted in a neat stack of cards.

I decided to create an edition of 20 for each design and printed them on my Adana Quarto. I chose the Adana because it would allow me more control over the tiny cards which could easily move about on my etching press and not print straight. As you can see, I mixed a nice bright green to print with which is one of my favourite colours  (you can see a video of me printing it here if that is your kind of thing!) and I thought its vibrancy reflected the bright, new greens of spring before the summer sun has had a chance to fade them.

Wildflower ACEOs lino printed by Jo Degenhart

These are the final 12 designs with an edition number, title and initial on the front and a signature in full on the reverse. They come mounted on a card with a signature, date and edition number and are available now if you click my shop link at the top of the page.

Next month, I am exploring painting again.

Jo xxx

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