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Weekly Photo Challenge … Monochromatic

September 15, 2015

As a printmaker; I do wood engraving, transposing a drawing taken from life on a large sheet paper and engrave it onto a small block of wood. Then, I  print it, using black ink onto white paper.  The idea is that I should age old skills  to replicate the colours, tone and texture of the original image with marks made with the engraving tool. It is the skill of the old print makers used long before modern technology of the 19th century to illustrate books and newspapers. I have not mastered this yet but I try and there are examples on my blog.

Meanwhile, I am going it seems, of the track; While waiting for the previous skills mentioned to come, I am also learning dry-point.  This is another old printing technique using usually black ink again the art is in the cutting strokes to give the impression of light, shade and colour. My first attempt at dry-point, the buttons and drawing demonstrate this I think  However, and this is where I come to the point of this week’s prompt. The buttons in the jar are pretty much bar a few are monochromatic … the large brightly coloured ones of the 70s have  been lost in time … a shame.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. zenschoolforcreatives permalink
    September 15, 2015 10:07 am

    I love the drypoint of the jar of buttons. Keep up the good work Helen.

  2. September 15, 2015 6:11 pm

    I love them Nela!! That’s amazing!!! 🙂

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