I like making them more than using them at the moment. This one incorporates ideas from the first two. The covering paper is some wonderful wrapping paper from the Bodelian library. Linings are two lino cut prints i had lying around. There is now room for a pen. It is bound with proper book tape from the wonderful Vintage Paper Company in Orkney. Where you can also get unsold watercolour paper made in the early 20th century.
First layer printed on the left. This should eventually just show the shaded, white parts of the bird, plus the pure white areas. In the middle, I have started to carve out the negative area of the bird, and the background will eventually go around this. On the right, I have started to reduce the bird block. The grey, shaded areas of the bird are cut away, so that they will not be overlain by the next colour layer, which will probably be yellow, which doesn’t seem that logical at this stage. But all must dry first.
I love these birds, they combine the sublime and absurd. Not a bad approach to life