It's May Day bank holiday today, and we've spent all weekend busily carving and printing ready for Open Studios.
Jon has finished an engraving of a bunch of daffodils in my favourite spotty jug -
It's engraved on plastic, rather than wood, and printed in black oil ink on Zerkall. Here's the block at various stages of completion -
This one has taken a fair few recuttings and proof printings to get it just right. The little spotty jug is from Ark in Cambridge, and is often filled up with flowers.
I've been working on a reduction woodcut of East Ruston water tower, which we saw on a walk we did in Happisburgh and East Ruston on Easter Monday. Jon did a woodcut of Baconsthorpe water tower a while ago - perhaps one day we'll do them all? Well, all the Norfolk ones anyway...
Here's the finished print - two images of the water tower side by side.And the block in the early stages of cutting -
And the first four layers of printing (the fifth and final one is the green layer) -
Of course, they are in our Etsy and Folksy shops now!
This weekend we had a go with our new book-making leathers - the result is one nice red leather journal, with some more gorgeous marbled paper inside.
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Right, we've got rosemary breadsticks to bake for dinner, to dunk into a baked camembert... It's strange how I'd never dream of eating a whole camembert to myself raw (as it were), but I don't have the same qualms about a baked one...