Mission Statement

The Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists is an open and diverse group of artists, collectors and admirers who share a love for the practice and perpetuation of botanical art and illustration with a fond focus on plants in the Rocky Mountain Region.
We encourage and participate in educational outreach, juried and non-juried exhibits, lectures, workshops and regular chapter meetings. The RMSBA is proud to be the very first chapter affiliation of the international organization, the American Society of Botanical Artists.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Check in to your blog often...

...you'll find new posts frequently, with a broad range of subjects and art. To wit, Carol Till shared her newest print experiments with us. Carol reports:

I've been in bird mode lately, but some botanicals creep in as habitat. I just learned this new 2 plate technique this spring. One plate is made from the drawing at an intermediate stage, a second plate is made after more details are added. One plate is inked and printed with color, the second plate inked with a dark color and printed over the top.

Here are two versions which used this process. The blue print was first printed with grays and blues; then overprinted with black.

The other version is inked and printed first with multiple colors (ala poupeƩ in printing lingo), then overprinted with dark sepia. Then I overpainted with watercolors to add more color, especially to the poplar tree. This is so much fun, I made a dozen versions of this flicker. Finally a use for all those watercolors I own!

Here is a botanical; blue oaks from a field sketch made in March in the Sonoran Desert. Printed with colored inks and a little watercolor.

The lesson from all of this is that you can keep working on your pictures. If the colors or drawing aren't quite what you'd like, keep at it with another process. I've added watercolor, colored pencil, pastel, gouache and collaged over my prints trying to get to something that pleases me. Or maybe I'm a compulsive fiddler. And this is fun!

Click on Carol Till's Artwork to see more of Carol's birds and botanicals.

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