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Triple print Marfa Water Tower on 18x24 paper

Triple print Marfa Water Tower on 18x24 paper
Triple print Marfa Water Tower on 18x24 paper
Triple print Marfa Water Tower on 18x24 paper

While experimenting on how to get the relief print images I carve onto other surfaces (like fabric and metal), I found that having screens burned to screen print the images was the way to go. I love being able to use a single image screen to do multiples and play with different inks. 

I used water-based ink to print on a thick, acid-free, watercolor paper that's 24" wide and 18 inches tall. It's a good standard size so you can easily pick up a frame to put it in. The two towers on the sides are black, the middle is a steel grey. 

I live 24 minutes away from Marfa and love going there often- it's a beautiful town that bustles during festivals and art openings but otherwise is a sleepy small town. The downtown is beautiful, historic, and is crowned with the peach-colored courthouse. The Marfa water tower looms close by, with it's silvery barrel often glowing from the West Texas sky. It's not only a well-known image in these parts, but also an iconic symbol of small towns.

Century plant agaves are pretty spectacular. The end of life for the plant, but what a way to leave with a bang! The stalks are thick and tall, the blooms go from a chartreuse green to a more golden flower. I decided to do two color versions- one I paint with yellow ochre with hints of golden brown, the other is chartreuse with shades of green. This listing is for the yellow ochre/brown version.

*A relief print is made using a carved block that was created by carving out the negative space, leaving the positive space to pick up ink to transfer to a surface. A screen print is made by pulling ink through a stretched screen that has the negative space blocked out so that the ink can flow through the open mesh where the design is!

Prints are mailed flat

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