I’ve spent a long time this spring watching the starlings picking through the lawn looking for invertebrates. They’re so gregarious and gently quarrelsome.
I love the iridescent colours of their feathers and the tawny coloured arrowheads at the tips.
It’s sad that although still relatively common in gardens, these glorious little birds have declined so much elsewhere that they are Red Listed.
The UK Red List for birds keeps track of how different species are doing, and any birds that are rated red are in need of urgent action. Shockingly, one in four of our birds is now on that list, 67 species in total.
Source: RSPB website
Here’s the drawing transferred to the block (in reverse), ready for me to start cutting.
Here’s the block inked up for the first time, ready for me to pull a proof and see what more I need to do to the block to make it print just so.
I’m not sure if the paper I use will take any kind of water based colour but once the prints are dry I might have a bit of a play with the test prints to see whether I can get away with it!