Signs of Spring, New Stencil

I have been looking for signs of spring on my daily walk.

I'm working on some new stencils. Here's the first one, purple coneflower. Cut from Shibugami paper, which smells delicious and cuts beautifully. Next step is lacquering the stencil per John Marshall's non-toxic method. I will wait to lacquer until all my designs are ready. Today I make rice paste in preparation for some experiments on my chosen cloth.