Friday, September 24, 2010

Amate Bark Print Textures

One of my favorite textural surfaces I create from Kozo Bark that is pounded into paper using the amate bark process.  When coated with inkAID digital grounds, it makes an incredibly beautiful textural print.
In the next couple weeks I will be creating and finishing a 2 foot by 4 foot piece using my amate bark paper that is in the works.

For this process the bark is soaked in water and boiled, separated into fibers that are woven together and pounded with a flat rock to create the surface.  Once the surface dries, the surface is coated with inkAID Clear Matte precoat and printed on my Epson 4800.  When pounding the paper it has to be the correct thickness to fit through the printer.