Ways With Windows

15 Jul

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I did some drawing when I was at Walcot Mortuary Chapel in bath last week, using Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens onto recycled Bockingford that I’d prepared with an old tea bag. I decided to experiment and transfer the drawing to a drypoint plate.

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Traditionally, drypoint is an intaglio printmaking technique where the drawing is scratched into copper plate using a hardened steel drypoint tool. But with the wonders of modern technology, it can be done much cheaper and easier using proprietary plastic-coated paper drypoint plates or, as I’ve done here, some cheap, foil-covered card that’s available from craft shops. I scratched the drawing straight into the surface of the card then inked it up as for an etching plate and printed onto dampened Bockingford. I thought it was a bit bland so I did another proof onto some Somerset paper that I’d used some time ago to try and take an embossed print from a bunch of crocosmia stems with their seed heads still on. The seeds stained the paper brown and I like the effect of the drypoint intaglio print overlaid on the top.

6 Responses to “Ways With Windows”

  1. Red Hen at 22:50 #

    I love the teabag idea. Bet you`re happy to have a subject matter that actually stays still!

  2. paperstew at 22:42 #

    Nice technique and I really appreciate the extra embossing from the plants. Just lovely!

    • Rosie Scribblah at 23:08 #

      I’m not sure how colourfast it is, but it’s lasted about 3 years and I’m going to leave it in the window for a while

      • paperstew at 03:13 #

        Very interesting. So how do you prep your plate? Can you get a larger edition than 10?

    • Rosie Scribblah at 16:30 #

      You can with the proper card plates, up to about 20 if you’re careful.

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