Sunflower Print


Sunflowers are another passion of mine. Someone told me ages and ages ago never to sow sunflowers because “you will move”. So I didn’t and moved about 19times after that. Therefore to put that myth to rest I sowed Sunflower seeds last summer and I enjoyed them every day right through their cycle. In fact, where I’m living now, thousands of acres are sown in with sunflowers every year. More woodcuts about sunflowers will follow in time. Check out “the Golden Mean”, phi 1.6180339887499…..and Leonardo Pisano Fibonacci from Pisa AD 1170 – 1250.

Now you can imagine how many seeds I had to carve, twice, as every seed had a light and a dark side to it and some veining. The key block is solid cherry and the two colour blocks are made of fijian kauri ply. I used pigments in water with a bit of rice paste and applied them with a brush. Printing was done with a baren. For a few prints I used Japanese paper. A heavy, natural buff coloured and textured paper called Kochish, the rest I printed on Arches 185 grams smooth.

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Original woodcut print
Image size 24×32 cm
pigments in water with ricepaste
paper Arches smooth 185 gms edition of 65