Since I'll have a selection of block prints to share for Open Studios, I thought I'd pull out a series of songbird prints I printed last summer. These were my first prints on special, patterned papers. These papers also had a slight texture that became enhanced with the block printing – an interesting effect.
As I did with the dragonfly prints, I mixed the ink colors as I printed, to work with the papers I chose. Some of the prints had two print runs, with the second an impartial inking (two of the seven I'll have for Open Studios have two print layers), while others had only one. It's certainly not standard to have a series of block prints like this – with each one differing so much from the others. In a standard print edition, each print is as identical to the others as possible. The prints are numbered, and there is a total for the run. These are one–of–a–kind, however. My painting roots are showing!
Karen Lynn Ingalls
I am an artist in Napa and Sonoma Counties, in California. I paint colorist landscapes of rural California, teach art classes and lessons, and live in Calistoga, California. I also teach private, group, and corporate art workshops in Napa Valley, Sonoma County, and other parts of Northern California.