Julia Wakefield

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The disappearing Nankeen Night Heron has metamorphosed.

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Back in August/September I put up a series of posts documenting my printing of the Nankeen Night Heron, which I made for the Bimblebox Art Project.  After my website went down due to Internet gremlins, these posts seem to have disappeared. So here is the process once again, all in one post.

This is Stage 1 of the ‘suicide’ or reduction lino print.


Stage 2, red over yellow.


Stage 3, Prussian blue over the other two colours, with a pretty black border

Night heron final

This is what was left of the block.  I just made ten prints, and can do no more as the block is now reduced to the final colour.  I have sent one of the prints to Bimblebox, and sold one.  I’d like to have done more prints, as people seem to like the image.


But then I had a suggestion from my other half….. why not do a monochrome version?

So this is what I came up with, after carving another block, to combine with the one I already had…

Night Heron

I made 50 of these, and I’m sending 26 of them to SSNW 2013, the latest print exchange that I signed up to. The theme was ‘making a difference’, so I hope that in a small way I am making a difference to people’s awareness of the precious beauty of our birdlife.  If I can sell the other 24 prints and donate the proceeds to Birdlife Australia, maybe that will make a slightly bigger difference.