I had never really noticed how many different hibiscus flowers there are. The other morning I collected a few to draw …..I had about five different varieties. Some flowers were huge; lots of doubles and a great assortment of colours. I like to draw . Drawing gives me lots of ideas.
I decided on a diamond shape as I thought it would be easy to interlock, a little like tiling the bathroom. I pushed my design to fit the diamond shape and tried to fill all the space. While I was doing this, I was conscious of the tools and the marks that they make on the lino. Lino is not good for small detailed areas and I was trying hard to get a good result for the stigma and stamen which is the hibiscus’ signature piece. At first I was trying to run the hibiscus so that it would make rows of stripes…but I think I have made the design a to big for that.
The design needs to put onto the lino . The areas left will take the colour, so everything you carve away will stay the colour of the original fabric. You can do a run, carve away more and do another run; just keep carving and adding more colours if you want to have more fun.
I printed this with the same colour and using the same technique/ ink as in this post.
These three came to help. George decided to hitch a ride and the other two; Snazz aka’The Grey Lord’, Cranky Puss’ and Lucy (thinks she is the cats mother) wanted to join in. Lucy has decided it is time for dinner ( she is a little early) and has rounded up the cats in the kitchen.