This is an image of the first print off the block. The next step is waiting for it to dry and then handcolouring. I use an oil based ink to print the black which can take a few days to dry depending on the weather. I then do a sample handcoloured print working out exact colours – within the designing process I had already made the major decisions about the general colours I would use so it is a refining process at this stage. I usually mark on this ‘master’ the names and sample of all the colours I use for each flower/foliage.
This is quite a complicated design and very ‘busy’ – combinations of flowers, foliage and colour are quite complex – hopefully it will all work!!
So now I will wait for the ink to dry……..