Small ocotillo screen print on 12x18 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 12" wide and 18 inches long. It's a good standard size so you can easily pick up a frame to put it in. This is the smaller of the two screen-printed ocotillos, if you want a larger version check out the 18x24 inch size click here.
Ocotillos change with the rain more than the season, turning from what looks like a bunch of dead sticks to bushy green, blooms range from orange to bright red, to a deep red. They're a magical part of the desert and I've never met a person who doesn't love them!
*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