Printing on paper

I don't consider myself to be an artist... I truly connect with the idea of being a designer. It resonates in me to make everything straight, aligned, and pretty. I like to problem solve and build things, but I don't stray into the fine arts. So, just like fashion design and working with fabric has always been my thing, printing on paper the first few times felt kind of strange.

There is so much more detail that one can achieve, printing on paper. Printing on linen has it's limits due to the bulkiness of the weave. Each time I print a more delicate piece of artwork, I cross my fingers, make sure the ink is wet enough, and use more pressure than normal. So the first time I printed on paper, it was like melting butter in a hot pan. The textile ink didn't just sit on top, it too melted into the heavy paper in such a unique way.

I discovered all of this while printing my wedding invites this summer. I had tried using ink made for paper and wasn't pleased with the way it looked after I screen printed it. So I decided to try using my textile inks instead. When I did this I noticed the color had more depth on the paper, the edge blurred just a bit and it looked more handmade. Now, I know that this technique wouldn't work for a print maker who needs each color to be crisp and sit neatly in the registration of the print, but for my work, it was perfect! It looked kind of... Wabi-sabi.

Hedges in glacier + bark (left) tangerine + celery (right) 12" x 16" birch frame.

New framed prints will be on the website this week in the specialty section.