Pavement Plebs


After getting a soaking with The Plebeian Scribblers last Saturday at the Troublemakers Festival I went back for more on Sunday with The Plebeian Printmakers. We worked the High Street, inking up manhole covers and other bits of pavement and road metal and took prints from them. Luckily, the rain had stopped by the time we were ready to get stuck in.

I wanted to print up some fragments of beautiful Khadi papers, maybe to use in collage like the ones below, but we also made prints in all sizes and on different types of paper and fabrics. We used child-friendly, non-toxic water based printing inks from Seawhites of Brighton that were easy to wash off.


The Plebeian Printmakers are Patricia McKenna-Jones, Chris Harrendence, Lynne Bebb, Hannah Lawson, Nathan P-J and me. Filmmaker Melvyn Williams filmed us so I’ll post that as soon as he’s edited it.



For a limited period I am putting a new drawing from my recent sketch books on my Artfinder gallery every day. ย If you’d like to check them out, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

Published by Rosie Scribblah

I'm an artist / printmaker / scribbler. I love drawing and all the geeky stuff associated with printmaking, working in a figurative style. I live in Wales with husband and demented cats. And my real name is Rose Davies :D

13 thoughts on “Pavement Plebs

  1. I love this. I saw some German? printmakers doing likewise. I’d love to give it a go. I thought I might find something in my neighborhood to start with. I think I have dire middle-class phobias about being ‘caught’ doing something like this. ๐Ÿ˜‚

    1. Hahahaha ๐Ÿ˜ Yes, the Raubdruckerin Collective in Berlin, but they didn’t respond when I asked them what inks they used and for any tips so we made it up as we went along and managed fine. Next time we’ll try with fabric inks.

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