Nature Printing

I have spent time working on my own form of nature printing. I used dried flower heads of pansies and narcissus with matching leaves to use in the etching process. I rolled them through the press on soft ground but they were so fragile and delicate that they stuck to the plate and would not peel off without damage. I resisted the temptation to scrap my efforts and decided to try etching the plate anyway with the petals/leaves intact which I had some success with.

Joseph Breintnall and Benjamin Franklin, Nature Prints of Leaves

Joseph Breintnall and Benjamin Franklin, Nature Prints of Leaves

I also used skeleton leaves to make a collograph and also one with fern leaves. I have since read that it is better to work with fresh leaves since dried ones are too fragile but I don`t hold out much hope for good etching results with crushed through the press fresh flowers and their resulting image. I would still like to experiment further with using this kind of `impressions from nature` technique. However although while carrying out this work I was demonstrating my printing technique, in the world of artistic creativity I was Utilising natures invention not really demonstrating the use of my own creative expression.

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