In The Zone

8 Nov

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I’m working flat out to make 20 new small drawings for a group exhibition at The Brunswick in December. I’m making transfer prints from digital photos I’ve taken and then drawing on top of them in Indian ink. I print out a digital photo in standard inkjet inks (good quality ones don’t work) on cheap paper and put the image face down onto good quality art paper on an etching press. I quickly rub cheap nail-varnish remover (good quality ones don’t work) onto the back of the printed photo and put several sheets of tissue on top and put it through the etching press on a tight etching setting. This transfers the image to the artpaper but it the process the colours change considerably and also randomly so you don’t know what you’ve got until you peel back the tissue. Oh – and open the windows because the fumes are smelly.

Here’s a detail of one of the drawings. I’m using dip pens and Indian ink and I’m getting into the mark-making; it’s very repetitive and meditative once I’m in the zone.

9 Responses to “In The Zone”

  1. paperstew November 9, 2013 at 16:55 #

    Go Rosie Go!!

  2. projectbuddy November 9, 2013 at 00:26 #

    I really do like this drawing and this technique. Thanks for sharing this!

  3. carolg1849 November 8, 2013 at 22:38 #

    now this sounds interesting. Like the effect of outlining in ink. Any ideas if you dont have an etching press?

    • Rosie Scribblah November 8, 2013 at 22:45 #

      Thanks. I don’t know if a roller would work. You need heavy pressure. I’ve only ever done it with a press, although i think a block printing press would probably work as well. Hope that helps

  4. Really interesting concept. I like the subtle results. Is your press a table top one.


  1. People Watching | scribblah - March 21, 2016

    […] I also have lots of digital photos so I printed some of them onto ordinary printing paper from an inkjet printer and took a transfer print using nail varnish remover to embed the image into Bockingford paper. When each transfer was dry, I drew on top, using my sketchbook scribbles as source material. I spent a lot of time matching up the drawings to the transfer prints, it wasn’t done at random. Each drawing reflected the transfer print in some way. You can read a bit more about the technique here. […]

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