If you have a serious plant obsession, get ready to fall in love with artist .
Thanks to a printmaking technique called block printing (it resembles stamping), Arnold creates gorgeous prints of cacti, succulents, and flowers.
"My inspiration for each piece comes from being exposed to something beautiful in the natural world," Arnold says. "For the past couple years, I have been intrigued by cacti and all the intricate textures and colors that come with them."
For each print, Arnold has a very specific set of tools and steps she goes through in order to make each piece shine.
She begins by carving a one-of-a-kind stamp out of a soft-kit rubber block.
After the pieces are separated and ready for printing, she mixes the ink before rolling the different colors onto the carved block. Once all of the pieces of block are inked, she carefully assembles the pieces onto a template, which is the same size as her print paper, and then guides the paper onto the inked blocks with a rolling brayer.
The process is truly mesmerizing!
She says the last (and best step) is peeling back the paper off the block to reveal the final work of art, and we can see why!
If you want to give block printing a try yourself, here are Arnold's favorite tools:
- Soft-kit printing blocks (from $2 each, )
- Stonehenge printmaking paper in natural ($3 each, )
- Speedball linoleum cutter ($14, )
- Ink retarder ($4, )
- Water-soluble block printing ink starter set ($19, )
- Rubber brayer ($14, )
- Block printing baren ($17, )
And in case you're in need of a new print to liven up your room or office, you can shop Arnold's prints on her website, .
They certainly get our stamp of approval!