Huge brick arches carry the railway lines into Waterloo Station. Here is a view looking North up Great Suffolk Street.
This is a packaging monoprint. It is an intaglio print from a “plate” made from a milk carton. Here is the plate:
I’ve described the process in this blog post: Print plates made of packaging. The basic method is to use the shiny metallic surface inside the carton. I cut out the shapes I want and peel back the shiny surface to reveal a rougher surface which takes the ink. The yellow colour you see on the plate is shellac, a varnish that I paint on to make the plate last a little longer.
The plates are quite fragile, and can only make a limited number of prints. Here is number 6:
I made all the prints on the Henderson press at East London Printmakers, Stepney. I used Chabonnel F66 traditional oil-based etching ink.
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Reblogged this on penwithlit and commented:
These are lovely. I’ve been reading about Nevinson and these are a touch similar.
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Thank you! The constraints of the technique generate a certain dynamic – the packaging is of limited size, and has its own lines and torn shapes. The rather dark prints, in mood and tone, are a bit like mezzotints – I have admired “from an Office Window” by Nevinson. He is one of my inspirations – he saw patterns and manages to get us to see them too, and communicates emotion through these patterns.
Many thanks for your comment and the reblog – greatly appreciated.