Sunday, November 12, 2023

Autumn Wreath Monoprint

I created my "Autumn Oak Leaf Wreath" monoprint while playing with a collection of oak leaves that I had created because I couldn't draw an oak leaf.*  (Cause and effect relationships are fun to ponder!)  In fact, I created a whole series of monoprints while playing with oak leaves, but this one has turned out the best, (to date).  I love the result and hope you do too! 

Autumn Oak Leaf Wreath Monoprint by Jeanne Selep
Image 1: Autumn Oak Leaf Wreath Monoprint by Jeanne Selep

The printmaking methods I use create an organic texture that would be nearly impossible to draw, or paint, or even predict, which is why "pulling" a print can be so exciting.  

Oak Leaf Wreath Monoprint texture details by Jeanne Selep
Image 2: Oak Leaf Detail showing Texture

After making the print, I hand-colored the oak leaves in using autumn colors seen more often in maple leaves.  In my experience oak leaves colors in fall are mostly green to yellow (briefly) and then brown, but I wanted maple leaf like colorations on my oak leaves.  

Wreath Monoprint and Ghost Print by Jeanne Selep
Image 3: Some actual Maple Leaves Fall colorations

And so my oak leaf wreath becomes a fantasy wreath, inspired by the fantastic colors maple leaves turn in fall.

Oak Leaf Wreath Monoprint Ghost Print by Jeanne Selep
Image 4: Detail with Green Leaf of Hand Colored Leaves

Some definitions and notes: A monoprint is a form of printmaking where the printed image can only be made once.  The transfer of (usually) hand inked surfaces, images, and/or shapes to paper will result in a unique print.

Wreath Monoprint and Ghost Print by Jeanne Selep
Image 5: Wreath Monoprint and Mirrored Ghost Image

If enough ink remains on a transfer surface, a second print might be able to be created (or "pulled"), but the ink will be lighter and create a noticeably different work.  This second noticeably different image is sometimes called a ghost print.  

Brown Oak Leaf Wreath Monoprint by Jeanne Selep
Image 6: Brown Oak Leaf wreath Monoprint

Ghost prints can also be made as mirror images via other methods.  Look closely - the two wreath monoprints shown side by side in image 5 above are basically mirror images.   

I printed multiple wreaths with oak leaves.  Below is another wreath monoprint I made, using 2 colors of ink.  I plan on hand coloring this image in the future.  The extra layers of leaves is otherwise confusing.

Autumn Oak Leaf Wreath Monoprint by Jeanne Selep
Image 7: Red and Brown Oak Leaf Wreath Monoprint by Jeanne Selep

I tried multiple concept wreath arrangements before I printed the versions I am showing you today.  You can see preliminary wreath layout using brown oak leaves below. 

Oak Leaf Monoprint by Jeanne Selep
Image 8: Oak Leaf Wreath Layout 'Auditioning' leaves

Other Notes

* I posted an Oak Leaf Monoprint post that elaborates on this story.

Individually inked leaves were pressed onto paper using a printing press.  The overall print dimensions are approximately 20 inches by 20 inches high (50cm by 50cm high) on Arches paper.  I framed the print in a resale shop frame that was 24inches x 24inches, (61cm x 61cm). 

Autumn Oak Leaf Wreath Monoprint by Jeanne Selep
Image 9: Framed Autumn Oak Leaf Wreath Monoprint by Jeanne Selep

"As long as autumn lasts, I shall not have hands, canvas and colors enough to paint the beautiful things I see"

                                                -  Vincent Van Gogh

"Winter is an etching,
Spring a watercolor,

Summer an oil painting, and
Autumn a mosaic of them all

                                                -  Horowitz

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Slabs said...

Absolutely beautiful autumn/fall leaves. Mother nature at its best
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Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Thanks for showing your art process. The finished leaf wreath is beautiful!

PaulaShort said...

This is beautiful. You do such lovely work.
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Jennifer Wise said...

This is just stunning. I knew nothing about this process. It's amazing. Beautiful quote by Van Gogh, too. I would love to have looked over his shoulder to watch that man create! Thank you for sharing this post at the Will Blog for Comments #15 linkup. Hope to see you there next week, too!

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Rain said...

Your wreathes are artful and creative Jeanne! ♥

photowannabe said...

This is a stunning creation. Thanks for showing the process, I find it fascinating.
Coming to your blog fro Thankful Thursday.

Iris Flavia said...

Interesting approach and great outcome(s)!

LA Paylor said...

oooooo love your work
I especially like the nearly black and white image...
autumn and it's color is my fave seasom
LeeAnna at not afraid of color blog
thank you for visiting me this morning!

Lydia C. Lee said...

Great use of autumn leaves (and a bit Christmassy too!) Thanks for sharing with #Allseasons

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But don't forget to leave a comment #Allkseasons

Dee | said...

How pretty, I love it, looks so nice! Thanks so much for linking up at #IMadeItMondayLinkParty 32. I wanted to pin it but don't see any social share buttons.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Your oak leaf wreath print is absolutely STUNNING!

Veronica Lee said...

Jeanne, this is absolutely stunning! 🍂
It's perfect for fall! 😍

Soma @ said...

Your prints are beautiful. I really like the softer ghost print. The colors are amazing.


Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Wonderfully creative artwork. Nice to see the oak leaves so colorfully depicted. As you said, they simply go brown (and some also hang around nearly all winter).

peppylady (Dora) said...

Look like you had fun creating.
Coffee is on

RachelSwirl said...

These are stunning! Thanks for linking up and sharing with #MySundaySnapshot.

Janet Trieschman said...

What a unique weath. Thanks for sharing with us at the Creatively Crafty Link Party. We hope to see you again on Thursday for a new part. #CCBG

Andrea @ From The Sol said...

Your wreath is beautiful and I am still a bit confused as to how you accomplished it ... am I to understand that you used an actual Oak Leaf, colored it with ink, then pressed it on the paper? The results are wonderful and organic as you put it, enough so that I would be tempted to try it myself if I had a printing press. I love both quotes at the end of your post. They speak to how I feel about fall and fall colors. This was a lovely post, Jeanne ...

Andrea @ From the Sol

Michelle said...

I am intrigued by your process. Your result is very beautiful. Thank you for linking up and have a great week ahead.

AB said...

I know nothing about printing processes so I can't really understand your methods, but I know beauty when I see it. These are astonishing to me. I even liked the "ghosted" print as much as the beatuifully colored one. Thank you for sharing.

Jeanne said...

@Andrea - yes, the process is basically using an actual Oak Leaf, colored with ink, then pressed on to the paper. Then hand colored after it dries. You don't need a printing press, the press just provides a uniform pressure. You could use a rolling pin!

Sum of their Stories said...

What beautiful prints, it's lovely to see a bit more about the process too. Thanks for sharing with us at Handmade Monday :-)

Arun Goyal said...

Beautiful post ! liked the idea of painting leaves. Thanks for sharing with Garden Affair.

Dee | said...

CONGRATS Jeanne! Your post is FEATURED at #IMadeItMondayLinkParty 33.

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

really beautiful colors

Melbourne Australia Photos said...

How lovely! Your monoprint turned out beautifully. Thanks for taking part in the "My Sunday Best" meme.

Jennifer Wise said...

Gorgeous! Visiting now from Will Blog for Comments #16 linkup. Come share another post or two at #17 which opens December 4. Have a great week.

Kay Castaneda said...

You really have the gift of creativity! I love trees and leaves also. Do you have your own printing press? I'm a bit confused on that part but the finished project is amazing. Beautiful colors.