Youcan Laugh – Toucan Original Silk Painting and Limited Edition Prints
Toucans are such comic birds, with that enormous beak it’s surprising that they don’t fall flat on their faces! When drawing a toucan I have to keep checking back to my reference material just to make sure that I really am drawing the beak the right size. Anyway I hope this one makes you smile 🙂
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.
A Limited Edition Print is printed on fine art 308gsm paper using archival inks and is signed by the artist. Each print will come mounted in white and packed with a backing board in biodegradable cellophane. The number of prints is limited to 100. The following sizes are available:
|Size||Mount Size (frame size required)||Actual Image Size|
|40 x 50 cm||40 x 50 cm||39 x 26 cm|
|8 x 10 inch||8 x 10 inch||12.7 x 19 cm|