First, I have a skyscape – this is constructed in painterly layers by taking colours from the “Lammas evening” palette I put up last week.
Secondly, a lichen-dusted branch from a Victoria plum tree.
And thirdly, a piece of parchment, made out of digital sheepskin—that is, entirely using colours from July’s “Black & white sheep” palette.
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I did this last night, on some faux-parchment paper I had lying around. It’s done with Japanese carving vinyl, and I’m quite pleased with the way most of it turned out – the four styles of interlocking lines distinguish themselves nicely, and I managed to get cutlines where I wanted them and not where I didn’t. (Cutlines – the traces from clearing vinyl from the blank areas, rather than the relief outline forming the main design.)
However, I managed to do something bloody stupid, which is that I forgot completely that the design would be mirrored. Normally it doesn’t matter with my work, but this particular one completely fails to work when the pattern goes anticlockwise instead of clockwise.
Here’s a version flipped sideways in the Gimp, to show how it would have worked if it had, you know, worked at all.
I did half a dozen prints onto different papers, and learnt one other thing doing this – the flower petal inclusions in the nice handmade paper aren’t very firmly included.