writings about and drawings of turtles inspire a series of paper turtle prints, including this one.
I sprayed pigmented cotton pulp through a stencil onto a base sheet of kozo to form the turtle image. To make the "waves," I added Japanese marbling, suminagashi
, to the dried turtle-stenciled paper.
Variations in the turtle images and in the marbling makes each paper in this series unique. Nancy Morains of Colophon Book Arts
taught me the marbling technique in a 2008 workshop at Paper & Book Intensive
, an annual "working sabbatical" for book artists, conservationists, and papermakers.