This unframed print is part of an edition of 20, printed on heavy 300gsm Somerset printmaking paper.
Paper size: approx 38cm by 28cm
Image size: approx 24.5cm by 17cm
I learned printmaking at a workshop on the beautiful Dartington Estate in Devon. This old pine sits on the top of ridge in a field on the estate, perfectly balanced and often silhouetted against the light sky. I liked its shape and grandeur. It almost looked like it had been pruned to perfection, but in reality had just ended up that way.
Unlike most of my prints, this one is a collagraph. I made it by cutting the image into a piece of mount board with a scalpel, then tearing away the layers of mount board to leave a pine-shaped hole. This was filled with a mix of fine grit and glue. The whole thing was coated with shellac varnish. To print it I pushed black ink into the holes with a toothbrush, then removed as much as possible from the flat surface. Finally I used a roller to cover the flat surface with a muted yellow ochre colour. Damp paper was placed on top and it was put through a press. The paper picked up the yellowy surface, the black tree and the residue of the black ink on the flat surface, giving the print a soft, old, textured look, in my opinion… a little like an ancient wall painting on crumbling plaster.