I was recently working on a series of mono-prints of the 4 seasons using leaves and an etching press. I began to photograph the leaves I was using at different stages of the printmaking process. I created a collection of what I think are pretty interesting images as well as turing 12 of them into each month for a calendar.
Step 1: How It Began
To make the mono-prints I was rolling ink on pieces of plexi glass. Then I would place the leaves on the plexi and run them through the etching press to ink them. Next I would carefully peel the inked leaves from the plexi and arrange them on my paper the way I wanted them to "offset" . Sometimes I would re-ink a leaf with a different color to get mixture of ink that I liked. Eventually I noticed that the plexi plates at different stages with and without the actual leaves still on them were pretty interesting so I began to make photos of them as well. I used my i-phone camera. The images were pretty cool on their own and on some I used an app called Romantic Photo, and others I used an app called Auto Painter.
Step 2: Calendar
I ended up with a lot of interesting images that I thought would represent the different months of a calendar, so I made one.
Step 4: February
Step 11: September
Step 13: November
Step 14: December
Step 15: Winter
This is one of the Winter monoprints, 24"X36"