House Leeks, Original Silk Painting and Signed Giclee Prints
This painting is part of my botanical painting series. The painting was inspired by a visit to Bristol University Botanic Gardens. I love the fantastic shape, colour and fleshiness of the leaves of these house leeks. Scientific name Sempervivum tectorum, the common houseleek, is a species of flowering plant in the family Crassulaceae, native to the mountains of southern Europe.
My paintings are mainly painted on pure Chinese habotai 8 silk with specialist silk paints. I start each work with a drawing on paper and then trace the image onto a piece of white silk stretched onto a wooden frame. I then apply a special paint called gutta, which contains natural latex called gutta-percha, over my traced lines. This creates a resistive barrier through which the coloured ink will not flow. I apply the coloured ink with a brush and use salt dropped into the ink whilst wet to created textured effects.
The finished painting is removed from the wooden frame, ironed to fix the colour in the fabric and stretched onto acid-free mountboard ready for framing.
You can see a time lapse video of me painting here.
The original painting will come mounted on a black painted frame – size A1 (59.4 x 84.1 cm)
A signed giclee print is printed on fine art 308gsm paper using archival inks and is signed by the artist. It is an open edition so there is no limit to the number of reproductions that can be made. Signed giclee prints are supplied with a backing board and wrapped in biodegradable cellophane. The following sizes are available for this painting:
|Size||Paper Size||Actual Image Size|
|Small||A4||16.5 x 23.4 cm|
|Large||A3+||29.6 x 42 cm|