“Fishes Over the Sun” Four Card Collection - A6 Riso Printed Greetings Cards x 4

This collection of cards features four high quality Riso Printed A6 greetings cards by printmaker and artist, Susan Yeates:

Little Goldfish
Tropical Fish 
Three Little Fishes
Clown Fish 

The cards are pictured in the photos for you to see clearly and come with brown kraft envelopes and biodegradable cello-wrapping. They are designed and printed in the UK using soy-based non toxic inks. 

About the Collection “Fishes Over the Sun”

This collection of greetings cards features block printed fish designs set over a red sun, drawing upon traditional Japanese styles of woodcut printing as well as other relief print methods. The “Fishes Over the Sun” collection was created as part of a print project in early 2021 where Susan created 100 individual hand carved blocks in 100 days. These four fish designs started life as simple pencil sketches that were transferred onto rubber blocks ready for carving. Using u-shaped and v-shaped gouges Susan carved out the details by hand and then printed onto a fine Japanese paper (washi), experimenting with colours and layering. Just these four fish designs were selected from a whole range of prints created during this time to turn in to high quality Riso Print greetings cards. 

Use them as notecards, thank you cards, birthday cards, as a stocking filler for friends and family or simply frame the front of the cards as a unique art collection for your walls.  

Details

Designed in the UK by printmaker Susan Yeates in her home studio in Woking in Surrey (UK).

Printed in the UK at a specialist Riso Print Studio (seriously these guys are awesome!) onto 300gsm context natural recycled card using soy-based, non toxic inks.

Card size: A6 (landscape) with a brown C6 kraft envelope. Each card is wrapped in a biodegradable cello wrapper. 

The cards are blank inside.

This listing is for one of each of the four designs in the collection. I.e. a set of four art cards.

These are only available direct from the artist - exclusive art cards by Susan Yeates. 

What is Riso Print?

Risograph is an environmentally friendly method of printing using soy-based, non toxic inks. It blends elements of screenprinting and photocopying and each print will have its own small variations & individual look. It began in Japan in the 1980s by the Riso Kagaku Corporation and appeals to illustrators, graphic designers and printmakers (like myself) for its spot-colour print process, vibrant colours, quirky style and ability to layer colour. It works as a wonderful way to reproduce block prints and linocuts, whilst maintaining the look and feel of a hand carved block.

What is Block Print?

Block printing is a type of relief printing created by using a rubber block as the printing plate that you cut into using metal gouges. With relief printing, the material that is removed does not print, therefore making it a negative mark-making technique (as in it’s a little back-to-front). Woodcut, wood engraving and linocut are also relief printing methods as is potato printing that you may have done as a kid or rubber stamping where you buy pre-cut stamps and ink pads from craft shops.

Curious? I teach a Block Printing for Beginnersonline course which you can access here: https://coursecraft.net/c/blockprinting