The red water lily signifies the beginning of something old. Back in the 1990′s I dabbled with creating mono prints by carving on wood and linoleum blocks, vegetables such as potatoes and anything sturdy enough to withstand a carving tool. In 2011 I was cleaning out some old art supplies when I stumbled upon a few remaining lino cut blocks from the past. Memories of having fun listening to ink sing between glass and brayer came to mind and I started to think about taking up the knife again.
The first project was to be a traditional water lily mono print. I’ve always enjoyed the traditional Japanese wood block prints seen and thought I’d try my hand at it. This simple design was easily achieved and I was quite pleased with the outcome.
It was fun getting my fingers dirty with ink again and the creative juices I used to have for hands on art was were coming alive with each print I produced. With out a proper printing press I found using a sandstone drink coaster a good tool to do the rubbing.
Red Water Lily
On this particular piece I took it one step further. I like experimenting and my watercolors just happened to be near by. I decided to transform one of the prints into color. The results were very pleasing to me. The lily became red and popped out of the paper. Not wanting a pastel effect I used very little water with the paints and the colors became as vivid as I wanted them too.
And now for something completely different, you can purchase this print on t-shirts from Lasgalen Arts on Zazzle. Though shown on a tie dyed shirt, there are a hundred or more different styles, sizes and colored t-shirts to choose from.