Postcards from the Plot is project that encompasses a series of films and activities that explore allotments and creativity to help us to make connections at a time of social distancing. In our latest film RBSA artist Linda Nevill shares some printmaking techniques using natural materials found on her plot, at Oxbarn Avenue Allotments in Wolverhampton.
Linda Nevill creating beautiful prints on her plot.
In the video, Linda shares a multi sensory experience through printmaking with leaves and plants from the allotment. In her first demonstration, she inks the plant material by using liquid ink on a roller in thin layers, choosing the side that has the most natural detail. As she presses gently to ink the foliage the scent from the plants, including peppermint, fill the air with fragrance. Once there is enough ink on the plant she takes two pieces of thin paper and presses the inked plant in-between them to create the print showing various techniques. The paper is then lifted off to reveal the final print with beautiful results.
To discover more of Linda’s natural printmaking techniques, check out her video here
, she continues to explore how to preserve your leaves, experiment with colour and shares some inspirational examples of what you can achieve, including card making!
Printing equipment at the allotment, choose your weapon!
Plant material ready for printing
Thank you to Linda for creating this wonderful film and to filmmaker Rachel Gillies for the final edit.
This project has been made possible thanks to emergency funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery Players. We are using the funding to help us reimagine out programme during a time of social distancing. If you’d like to get involved in our planning, you can click here to take our survey! Thank you for your help and support.