A Creep Of Tortoises

28 Aug

28 jimmies

Here’s a small edition of 6 drypoint intaglio prints I did today, based on a sketch I did recently of Jimmy the tortoise. Apparently the collective noun for tortoises is a ‘creep’. I think it refers to their way of walking; not a slur on their character 🙂

I used a paper drypoint plate, printed with drypoint etching ink  in shop black onto handmade paper with a beige handmade fibre paper for the chine colle.

11 Responses to “A Creep Of Tortoises”

  1. Russel Ray Photos September 3, 2013 at 17:10 #

    Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as good as when I arrived. I’ll be back!

  2. joy August 29, 2013 at 16:05 #

    It’s an additional paper added to the print while printing.
    These are beautiful.

  3. allesistgut August 29, 2013 at 07:57 #

    Looks great. But yes, wha is a china colle?

    • Rosie Scribblah August 30, 2013 at 16:32 #

      Thanks. It comes from the French for ‘collaged tissue’.

      • allesistgut September 2, 2013 at 08:58 #

        Thank you for the declaration. 🙂

  4. Sally Williams August 28, 2013 at 23:21 #

    How do you get an aquatint on a paper drypoint plate?

    • Rosie Scribblah August 30, 2013 at 16:33 #

      I didn’t, it’s all cross hatching. The brown area is chine colle – a handmade tissue. Any other shading is from ink left on the plate – I don’t wipe much.

  5. kate wilson August 28, 2013 at 23:09 #

    What’s a chine colle?

    • Rosie Scribblah August 30, 2013 at 16:34 #

      Tissue paper that is stuck on (collaged) before the print is made; it’s a way of adding a different colour or texture.

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