Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Beautiful Contemporary Botanicals, Oh My!

Artichoke #22, chine colle woodcut by Ouida Touchon

New Mexico artist Ouida Touchon has homegrown roots in southern California - she attended Tustin High School! Karen found her at a recent show and fell in love with her textural botanical woodcut & chine colle prints. Each one is unique, owing to the variations in paper and colors used during the chine colle process.

Granada #28, woodcut with chine colle

"What is chine colle," you might ask? Simply put, it's a paper collage process that works hand-in-hand with printmaking. Fine papers like Japanese rice papers are adhered to a heavier paper to allow the printmaker to print on a surface delicate enough to pull minute details from the plate the printer is using. This provides background color and pattern to the print itself. In Ouida's case, she prints color and pattern onto uncolored Japanese papers by hand and then applies them to her plate, allowing her greater artistic freedom.

Ouida's sense of color and balance is impeccable.  Her garden botanicals have a slightly abstracted feel to them due to the patters embedded in the print. How great would these be above a mantle or in a grouping over a bed? Or, use Ouida's prints as a complement to Max Rodriguez's "Natural Impressions" series. Her contemporary botanicals are available both as a traditional print on paper or as stand-alone wooden boxes.

Ouida Touchon with a selection of chine colle woodcuts on panel
All of Ouida's work is available to view on our website or in person. 
Come in to see her beautiful creations before they are all gone!

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