I have done Nature Prints with fifth, sixth and seventh.
1.) Roll out a rectangle of black printing ink ( Speedball) with a brayer on
a sheet of hard acetate (15X20"size). Approx. 8X10"inked area.
2.) Lay down ( over the inked surface) fresh ferns, leaves ( simple and
compound) paying attention to the balance of composition.
3.) Take white construction paper 12X18 and place it on top, centering the
4.) Rub the surface of the paper, carefully rubbing the edges of the leaves
and the paper-in the little grooves of the greenery underneath, so all the
details get transfered. LIFT CAREFULLY- sign on right and mark 1/3 in the
bottom left cornerunder the print to label your first print from an EDITION
of 3. This is a negative or ghost print.
5.) Carefully lift greenery to another clean 12X18- placing it in a mirror
image of the first layout- inked side up. Place another sheet directly over
the 2nd. Rub to transfer the image and lift carefully. Sign on the right and
mark 2/3 in the bottom left corner , under the image,to label your second
print from an EDITION of 3. This is a positive image print of the greenery.
6.) Now place the greenery back onto the inked plate, inked side up this
time, it will be reversed but you will have a positive print with a negative
reverse image underneath. Really cool. Lay a sheet of 12X18 over the entire
inked plate. Rub to transfer image, sign on the right and mark 3/3 in the
bottom left corner, under the image, to label your third print from an
EDITION of 3. This is a positive image with a reverse image underneath -left
from print #1.
7.) Place all prints in the drying rack. You have now completed an EDITION of
8.) These make great gifts, especially when mounted or framed in a set.
Great project-high success- always a winner.