Not only did I have the pleasure of being chosen to illustrate Melanie Arora’s debut children’s poem, A Cat Called Panda, I was also given the chance to create a limited edition run of prints for the launch event on the 9th April 2015.
While working from the original plates, I didn’t have access to a press this time, so each one was to be hand-burnished in my home studio.
I wanted to prints to be like actual pages from the book, so I printed onto Hosho paper cut to the same size as each page.
I also discovered that a great way of registering the prints was using a quilting ruler - by having loads of marks, it was easy to see where each should be placed.
However, hand burnished equals elbow grease and sore palms!
No matter how many different implements I use, nothing seems to transfer the ink better than my hand - so a combination of this, a balled up old silk shirt (slides easily on the paper) and a good layer of ink resulted in some nice, even prints. The Hosho paper is also great, as its grain density means it’s thin enough to take the ink well, but it’s incredibly strong fibre structure can withstand a lot of rough treatment. Particularly evident on the ‘Panda in the dark plate'…
Only 6 editions of each plate were printed, especially for the launch event for A Cat Called Panda on 9th April 2015.
This also marks the end of this particular illustrated journey, but the start of many others. Huge thanks to Melanie Arora for her lovely words and Button Books for giving me the freedom to experiment.