Lily of the Valley Lino Relief Print

There is nothing the beats the smell at this time of year lingering in the garden as these beautiful little bell flowers start to grow. The favourite of weddings and first communions. Also known as the May lily, it means "return to happiness" and most often symbolizes chastity, purity, happiness, luck and humility. Its meaning and symbolism are represented in Christian lore and folklore, on May Day, weddings and birthdays, and in various celebrations throughout the world.
The idea for this started with making a series of prints suitable for cards. This plate will be altered to add a blank area for a message close to the roots. 
Lily of the valley printmaking linoblock plate
There is a good chance that this is the start of a series. I find the carving process very meditative. I go slow and probably don’t sharpen my tools enough but I find it very soothing. I have yet to decide which type of Lino I prefer. If it is too soft it doesn’t give you as much detail. 
I have come to really like using the Caligo safe wash relief ink for printing on paper as well as fabric. It has proven to the most colour fast on textiles out of the various inks that I have tried. It also has a longer open time so it doesn’t dry on the roller before I have time to use up the ink. 
Framed lily of the valley original print with carving tools and May’s flower
I only ran a short edition of 5 prints on bright white Japanese paper. The 5 x 7 size fits perfect into a standard frame. I am excited to see where this print goes from here. I would like to try it with some different colours. 
Lily of the valley original print with the flower done in black on white Japanese paper
If you are interested in purchasing this print it is listed on my website in a limited edition of 5 only. Click here for more details.
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