Queen’s Lace

Queen's Lace (K) by Heather Page, wood relief print on mulberry paper, 15 inches x 15 inches

Title: Queen’s Lace (K)
Media: Wood relief print on mulberry paper
Size: 15″ x 15″
Edition: 1/1
 
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detail views

Queen's Lace (K) by Heather Page, detail image 1, wood relief print on mulberry paper, 15 inches x 15 inches
Queen's Lace (K) by Heather Page, detail image 2, wood relief print on mulberry paper, 15 inches x 15 inches
Queen's Lace (K) by Heather Page, detail image 3, wood relief print on mulberry paper, 15 inches x 15 inches
Queen's Lace (K) by Heather Page, detail image 4, wood relief print on mulberry paper, 15 inches x 15 inches

process

Queen’s Lace is an original relief print on mulberry paper in three colors made from three woodburned and carved wood plates.
Key block for Women's Work and Queen's Lace by Heather Page, woodburned and carved cherry, 16 inches x 16 inches

This is the key block

Proof of key block for Queen's Lace and Women's Work by Heather Page, wood relief print on newsprint, 15 inches x 15 inches

This is a print of the key block

 
The key block gets printed last, but it’s the first block that gets carved because it works as a sort of cartoon outline – it’s imagery tends to stretch across the block.

Second block for Queen's Lace by Heather Page, woodburned and carved cherry, 16 inches x 16 inches

This is the second block

Proof of middle block for Queen's Lace by Heather Page, wood relief print on newsprint, 15 inches x 15 inches

This is a print of the second block

 
Once the key block is done, I then print it or glue proofs of it onto the other blocks I’m going to use for the print. It’s a way to make sure that all of the blocks line up correctly when printed and also tells me where I need to carve on the block. You can see remnants of the glued proof I used in the image above.

Proof of key and second blocks for Queen's Lace by Heather Page, wood relief print on paper, 15 inches x 15 inches

This is a proof of the key block and the middle block. The key block is printed in blue and the middle block is printed in red. The darker purple lines you see come from the overlapping of the two plates.

Third block for Queen's Lace by Heather Page, carved and woodburned oak plywood, 16 inches x 16 inches

This is the third block

Proof of third block for Queen's Lace by Heather Page, wood relief print on newsprint, 15 inches x 15 inches

This is a print of the third block.

 
See all of the colors on the block above? Those are various layers of printing guides. The dark areas are the key block and the red areas are the second block.

edition

Queen’s Lace is not an edition, it’s a series of monoprints from the same plates.

(That means I decided to play with the color and order of the blocks while printing instead of editioning them.)
 
This is print K. Below you can find the other finished prints in this series: