As a watercolourist and linocutter I have been pondering how I can combine the two art forms . I visited the RWS Exhibition at Bankside, London and saw the amazing work of Brenda Hartill who had managed to incorporate embossing into her paintings – an idea was born. Why not emboss a linocut onto watercolour paper by damping it and putting it through the press un-inked and then stick part of a finished linocut onto the paper – it seemed like a good idea at the time!!
So this I did and as the watercolour paper was already damp I thought I would stretch it onto my board (this is damping the paper so it goes all crinkly and then taping it onto a board where it shrinks and is beautifully taut for painting on – should be called ‘shrinking’ rather than ‘stretching’ perhaps). You learn by your mistakes. By stretching the paper I pulled my beautiful embossing away and it became invisible – here you can still see it:
So I decided to paint the missing parts of the pots:
Then Magnolia seemed to be a suitable flower but I first had to cover the linocut where the petals would be with white acrylic ink:
What to do about the background? Maybe paint on some wallpaper? No, too bitty – just leave it plain for now:
The foreground – always a problem, something else is needed – why not chop out a teacup?
Almost there – but can’t think how to do the rest – don’t want to make it too busy – eventually after much thought – there is nothing relaxing about painting, its hard work – I decided to just put in some random shadows and I think its done! (But I may go back and alter that dark stripe – I’ll live with it for a day or two and see).