Something Of Myself

18 Jun

rose drypoint watercolour[2]

I have always done a lot of teaching with adults and I think that an important part of my  technique is demonstration. I always work alongside the people I teach, going through the same processes as them, and facing the same highs and lows.


I was running a weekend course at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, linked to their Käthe Kollwitz exhibition. We went into the gallery to draw from her work and then went back into the studio to develop drypoint plates and woodblocks inspired by her prints. I drew directly onto a paper drypoint plate with a fineline pen, studying a small section of her etching ‘Raped’ from 1908, a few square inches around a foot and some sunflowers. Once I had incised the lines into the surface of the plate, I inked it up (Intaglio Printmaker’s Drypoint Shop Mix) and printed it onto wet paper (Somerset) and while it was still damp, I worked into it with some light watercolour washes (Winsor & Newton). Her original is monochrome so I’ve put something of myself into it.

4 Responses to “Something Of Myself”

  1. alethakuschan June 18, 2018 at 23:26 #

    the color is subtle and lovely — wonderful how you have transformed the influence

    • Rosie Scribblah June 20, 2018 at 11:35 #

      Thank you. She used the lightest touch of colour in some of her etchings, but I’ve used more …

      • alethakuschan June 20, 2018 at 14:06 #

        I didn’t know she used color. I guess the books I saw were black and white. No doubt the color adds a whole other emotional dimension.

      • Rosie Scribblah June 21, 2018 at 06:35 #

        The colour is so very subtle, the most unobtrusive olive green or dusty blue. Probably won’t reproduce in a photo.

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