A New Flock of Birds

After completing the sketches, I transferred the images to the blocks, and then carved them. Once the carving was complered, I proofed each image prior to printing on my Vandercook SP 15.

After completing the sketches, I transferred the images to the blocks, and then carved them. Once the carving was complered, I proofed each image prior to printing on my Vandercook SP 15.

This is a proof of the titmouse in the dogwood. I chose this image for my holiday card which I will share in a later blog post. Though I was pleased with all of the proofs; each one needed a bit of ‘cleaning up' in the background to eliminate the unwanted black lines.

This is a proof of the titmouse in the dogwood. I chose this image for my holiday card which I will share in a later blog post. Though I was pleased with all of the proofs; each one needed a bit of ‘cleaning up' in the background to eliminate the unwanted black lines.

I always love setting blocks up on the Vandercook and printing them. True, sometimes problems do arise. I decided to not use plain black for these cards. I combined  Reflex Blue  with  Black  and was very pleased with the subtle change in the color.

I always love setting blocks up on the Vandercook and printing them. True, sometimes problems do arise. I decided to not use plain black for these cards. I combined Reflex Blue with Black and was very pleased with the subtle change in the color.

I gain inspiration from my gardens. The movements, colors, textures, and habits of the creatures and botanicals intrigue me. I recently carved a new set of relief blocks of birds. I chose four of my favorite birds - the titmouse, wren, chickadee, and robin. Here is a look at the various stages of this project.

A proof of the carved wren in the beauty berry bush.

A proof of the carved wren in the beauty berry bush.

When all four birds were carved and proofed; I decided to print a group of blank greeting cards on chip board.

When all four birds were carved and proofed; I decided to print a group of blank greeting cards on chip board.

All four images have been printed! I will score, fold, and package the cards after the prints have dried.  This was a delightful group of images to print; particularly since I had carved the blocks in late October. Commission work and other commitments demanded that I sit this project aside for a later date. I hope to eventually print a small edition of these birds on handmade paper.

All four images have been printed! I will score, fold, and package the cards after the prints have dried.

This was a delightful group of images to print; particularly since I had carved the blocks in late October. Commission work and other commitments demanded that I sit this project aside for a later date. I hope to eventually print a small edition of these birds on handmade paper.