Papaver Somniferum Linocut Print
"Poppy flower meaning has existed since ancient times. Poppies have long been associated with death, repose, and eternal sleep. The Egyptians included poppies at funerals and in burial tombs. In more recent times, poppies have been closely connected to fallen soldiers in WWI."
Fame is not included. The frame I've used here is an 11 in X 14 in frame with a matte black background.
I started working on this piece while taking a break from a reduction print I'm working on. The other piece takes place in a scene that represents a place of void. It was getting dark there and I was lost. I must have found these poppies along the path. I've always enjoyed their bright colors so I thought I'd stay with them for a while. The idea of them seemed fit based on where I was coming from. Some of their many representations and use are dark and like many of the pieces, I've been bringing to life. From the darkness comes light.
These linocut poppy flowers are handpainted with watercolors and printed on handmade 100% cotton rag paper. about 11 in X 7 in
These prints are not a limited edition due to the fact that I had different plans for this piece. They are signed and dated.
They will be mailed in a clear plastic sleeve.
Every single one of my prints is hand-printed and not a reproduction.
There are many different printmaking techniques.
Traditional printmaking techniques include relief printing, lithography, intaglio printing, and screen printing. At the moment, I prefer linocut printmaking which is a type of relief printing. All of my prints are created using this process.
First I start by drawing the image desired to carve onto a block of linoleum. Areas to remain the color of the surface being printed on are carved from the block first. Then the ink is rolled onto the uncut surface of the block. I then lay the paper on top of the block, first attaching the tabs that hold the paper in place so that each time I lay down the paper the image is transferred with complete registration. When the paper is removed the image then appears in reverse.
~A little History~
“The Art of printing was born in China during the Han Dynasty (a print on fabric can be dated 220 AD), although some artifacts have been discovered in Egypt dating from the sixth or seventh century BC. “
“Linoleum was invented by Frederick Walton (UK) in the mid-1800s, first patenting the material in 1860. At that time, its main use was that of flooring material, and later in the 1800s as actual wallpaper. By the 1890s artists had started to use it as an artistic medium. Although linoleum is a floor covering that dates to the 1860s, the linocut printing technique was first used by the artist Die Brücke in Germany between 1905 and 1913. It had been similarly used for wallpaper printing. “