A couple of weeks ago I pruned some branches off of my cherry trees. I brought the twigs inside and put them in a vase of water. Some of the buds are swelling and I hope they might have enough energy to produce flowers or leaves.
Instead of putting a couple of twigs in the water I experimented with making prints from them. I used my chisel to shave off some of the bark to expose some of the wood, and then inked and printed them as I do for my woodblock prints.
Planks of cherry wood are what has been traditionally used in Japanese woodblock prints, though I use Shina woodblocks more often. I hope to experiment with printing twigs more in the future and perhaps someday make a woodblock print entirely from cherry twigs and branches instead of from plywood or larger pieces of wood. It seems like a great way to use the resources I have in my own yard.
I wonder if the potato prints I’ve been doing with my 2 1/2 year-old son have had anything to do with this thinking outside the box?