Century Plant Agave block print
If you've ever seen a blooming Century Plant in real life, you know how stunning they are. I took a photo of one to use as a reference, simplified and stylized the shapes of the beautiful beast, and created a tall block print that takes 4 blocks to complete. Because I piece together the design, each print is very unique and yet the overall design of the multiples I print have the same effect. (at the bottom of the listing I explain block printing if you want to know about the process)
Printed on heavyweight, acid-free watercolor paper, with hand torn edges, the print is 11 inches wide and 25 inches tall. The unusual size is something I love about it, but it does pose more of a challenge when considering how to frame it or hang it compared to a standard size. Below are some suggestions!
I currently print this design on 4 different colors of paper. The main photo is shown on "warm white"- which is a creamy, light color and my most popular. This is the default color I will send if none is chosen. "Fawn" is the darkest shade, but still light- it's a mellow tan color. The "natural" color is on the 2nd hanger display. I will add another photo to show the "cream" as soon as I can remember! Cream has a warm tone, fawn is a neutral pale tan, and natural is slightly yellow-hued off-white, like homemade vanilla ice cream.
FRAME-LESS display: As shown in the photos, you can hang the print free of framing and it looks really cool. I chose a vintage skirt (or trouser) hanger I found on Etsy. In humid climates, there might be slight curling at the bottom of the print, so if you order with the intention of displaying it this way, I will send some archival tape, and a piece of archival museum board to affix on the back of the bottom to weight it down a bit and to prevent side curling.
FRAMING: Pictured is a frame I purchased on Amazon from a company called Quadro Frames (this link goes to their retail page where appropriate sizes for this print can be found). On Amazon they offer a 12 x 26 size, plastic and plexiglass frame that is very light, relatively easy to assemble (think IKEA level of brain power needed), and easy to hang. Their main website offers a variety of sizes and options for glass instead of plexiglass. For the one I framed I mounted (taped!) the print to the backing board, which is a really nice earthy color and allows the torn edges to be part of the look.
Float framing is another method that is relatively easy, looks really cool, and is less expensive than traditional mat framing. If you google "float framing" you'll find many DIY guides. I buy a larger frame than the print, cut an archival backing board, hinge tape the print to the board, then add little tabs of clear, adhesive "bumpers" between the glass and the backing board, allowing space for the print to hang.
If you have the funds, and the patience, professional framing would be beautiful. It would require custom matting and frame due to the unique size, but ultimately would make this print last for a very, very long time.
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What is block printing?
I use a soft, rubbery block to carve the relief of the design I want to print. What's carved away becomes the negative space, where ink is not going to make an impression on paper. I use water-based ink and you can feel the raised markings- it's very tactile. For now I do not have a press, I use body weight and a baren to press the design onto the paper. I kind of love doing work that I could still do without electricity!