Christmas Cactus

Wingtip Press Reductive Monotype workshop: Day 3

Since I don’t have a lot of time today to work through the petroglyph trip (thanks to my procrastination with pulling together an installation art proposal due at midnight May 12) , I thought I should just pop up the images of the final print. For this image I took a journey through my sketchbook and found a colored pencil drawing of a single Christmas Cactus bloom. The plant itself happens to be one of my oldest, having received it on my 8th or 9th birthday from my brother Tom. It still lives on…. 35 years later! This was the first image I worked with a color reference on site.

Below are photos of the results of each plate on Rives BFK paper. This process is printed dry. Rose  strictly measured 60/40 litho ink to plate oil. I personally thought this mix was too runny, especially with the final color.

 yellow plate results
yellow plate results
Red and yellow together. I almost could have left it at this stage!
Red and yellow together. I almost could have left it at this stage!

Now the final addition of blue. I need to note that the blue was of different consistency than the previous days. I couldn’t remove it in the same way because it kept sliding and creeping back into cleared zones. Major bummer!

The final full color image.
The final full color image.

I actually really like the ghost of this image better than full color.

Christmas Cactus, ghost image
Christmas Cactus, ghost image

I’m really looking forward to playing with this technique more at home. Time to boot the cat off his comfy Takach sleeping platform and get back into something fun.

Thanks to Rose Davies (aka  Rosie Scribblah)for making such a great connection with Wingtip Press.

Published by paperstew

I'm an artist in Albany Oregon focusing on paper and natural objects for inspiration.

4 thoughts on “Christmas Cactus

  1. It’s a gorgeous print. I’m with you on the ink consistency, the blue was too runny for my liking, but It was interesting to see the difference the climate made to the inks. I generally mix it a little thicker in Swansea but don’t have to contend with the heat and lack of humidity. Good luck experimenting 🙂

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