Caroline says: In our rushed, busy world, it helps to slow down and notice the beauty in the ordinary. While I was working in the backyard, trimming and pulling weeds, I looked at the pile of branches beside me. I was struck by the simple beauty of the green Nandina leaves, so often overlooked amid its showy red berries. I wanted to capture that moment; I knew that the symmetrical, flat leaves of my Nandina would work well on a printing plate.
I have been exploring techniques and designs with gelatin plate printing in my studio. It's just like it sounds- a printing plate made from gelatin! I used the Nandina leaves as both stencils and masks on the plate and made layers and layers with acrylic colors and an assortment of papers.
Collage of gelatin plate prints, made with real Nandina leaves, with acrylic paint on a wooden panel