Here you can see the 3 prints I can make with just 1 plate inking. Please let me know which one is your favorite!
The top image happens first - a full inking of black on the plate, with fresh flowers laid on top, and paper on top of that goes through the press. The gorgeous sepia shadows are made with the plant's own juices. The heavy cotton paper is dampened first to allow it to give around the stems, leaving a nice embossed texture.
The middle image happens next. I carefully remove the flowers and place a new sheet of damp paper on the plate. I tighten the press so it will absorb the leftover ink and all the fine details of the leaves and petals.
Lastly, with most of the ink off of the plate, I lay the inked flowers back onto the plate, turning them over so that the ink side is up to face the 3rd piece of paper. I like that the "ghost" images of the earlier printing still show behind the dark black of the new arrangement.
I'm really enjoying this long horizontal composition too. Next I have 3 new papers that I background printed with green. Can't wait to see how those look in the new "garden." This 30 in 30 challenge is a great push forward into new territory!