Ocotillo block print
Please note: I'm switching over to using oil based ink for the blacks in my relief prints- which results in a really nice, clean image, but also takes a little longer to dry! Please allow 3 weeks for your order to get to you. I try to keep you updated during the process so you don't think I forgot about you.
Printed on 11x14, soft white, heavyweight, acid-free watercolor paper
I know many of us are a little obsessed with the ocotillo plant. It's so amazing in its many forms- bare and harsh looking, fuzzy with green leaves, or ablaze with the fiery red blooms. I based my design on a huge agave I took a photo of, stylizing it to make a more graphic image. Because I hand print the design, and there are 2 colors involved, each print is unique in small variations. (at the bottom of the listing I explain block printing if you want to know about the process)
**I used to offer different colors of background paper, but simplified it to my favorite: a warm white. If you're ordering this to match a previous print you've purchased from me and want to make sure it's the same paper, please get in touch with me and I'll help you out! firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailed flat via USPS Priority shipping
What is block printing/relief 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!