Ocotillo 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. Then I decided to make prints and add some hand embellished elements to give them all a unique look. This is one of the end results: a screen print of the relief print image I carved, hand painted so that each one is a little different!
I used water-based ink to print on a thick, acid-free, watercolor paper that's 18" wide and 24 inches long. It's a good standard size so you can easily pick up a frame to put it in.
The ocotillo image is one of my favorites because it's an incredible plant! It doesn't change with the seasons, it changes based on the availability of water, so sometimes it's a bunch of sticks that look dead, sometimes it's all fluffy and green, sometimes there beautiful orangish-red to deep red blooms. This image was first screen printed (the black parts) and I painted in the red blooms.
*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!