Detail of the finished mezzotint

Mezzotint on aluminium: Percy Cat

I had another play with the mezzotint rocker yesterday, with a proper sketch first and everything. I took some photos as I went along, but I’m not going to explain the ‘rocking’ process in much detail as you can see that on this post of a few weeks ago. A cross-over has occurred between my two blogs – the drawing that this mezzotint is based on is one of my cat-of-the-day sketches. The printing plate is aluminium and is cut to the same size as the prints I have made into coasters. For a while I have thought that the…

close-up of drypoint print - the blackberry harvest

The Blackberry Harvest

From 12 Views of (Glastonbury) Tor… Another print for the 2015 calendar is done – this one was printed from the plate I featured in my post on ‘imaginary drawing’: https://nancyfarmer.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/drypoint-and-imaginary-drawing-more-views-of-the-tor/. That post shows me in the middle of creating the image on the aluminium plate, with sandpaper, burnisher and pointy tool. All that guesswork… but I am quite pleased with how this one came out now. Sandpaper is my new favourite thing, which is odd because having been a jeweller I used it for days on end and never discovered a liking for it before! Here is the Blackberry…

drypoint on aluminium plate

Drypoint and imaginary drawing… (more Views of the Tor)

I am in the process of creating the plate for another print for my 2015 calendar, “12 Views of the Tor”. This is another one that I have decided to complete entirely in drypoint, so I thought I would take a break and show you some of the fun problems with drypoint… First the sketch: Harvest time, but the blackberries are proving hard to steal… the hapless fairy looks like she will loose her stocking, if not her dress and half her haul! When I roughly shaded the Tor and its tower in dark behind the main subject it was…