A few days ago, I asked for a critique in the forum of the team Etsy Entrepreneurs. One of my fellow teammates, margopage, said my shop was great but gave a few suggestions. One of them was more color. She suggested dying the paper I used, but I really prefer the ivory tone. However I got the gist, and it egged me on to go ahead and start my experiment.
I decided to do an entirely new design of magnolias.
I carved it out. Here, you can see what I meant about carving out the design, rather than the space around it.
The test prints came out so well, I decided to start off this design in two colors I've never used before: turquoise and orange. Here they are, hanging on my five-dollar Ikea drying rack (one of the best purchases I've ever made for printmaking).
I love the way they came out, brilliant and deep, but with a bit of random texture to the background that gives each card a unique feel. I'm really looking forward to getting these photographed and up on Etsy later tonight.
My question is: what do I do next? Are there any of my prior designs you'd love to see done in this style? I'd love to hear what you guys think.