The Sound of…

… Frustration. For example, when you find that the drive with Important Stuff on it wasn’t fully backed up, and then said drive disappears from your computer. Yes. That Sound. It sounds a… Continue reading

And now we return to our scheduled programme:

As you may have noticed – there’s been a bit of a break in communications.  Sometimes an Attack of Life is unavoidable, but never mind! Now the saga can continue…

Recreating a set of Elizabethan Trencher: Outlining the Process

Following the introduction to this project, it occurred to me that setting out a rough outline of the process I’ve been involved in would be helpful. It hasn’t been linear, of course –… Continue reading

Recreating a set of Elizabethan Trenchers: an Introduction

Part of the appeal of researching early methods of print production is the possibility of recreating objects which use prints as part of their decoration or function. With this in mind, I decided… Continue reading

Book Plates or Ex Libris

This article links back to an introductory post for Pre-1600 Uses for Prints. Book plates have always been something of which I’ve been quite fond (not really very surprising). Quite recently, a close friend… Continue reading

Uses for prints in a pre-1600 world: an ongoing series

It can be very hard to understand not only the importance, but the scope, of printed materials in the Pre-Industrialised world. It’s easy to come up with the analogy of the printing press… Continue reading

Printing an intaglio matrix without a press

The first intaglio prints appeared in Europe around the 1430’s, and yet it is commonly agreed that the intaglio (roller) press was not developed until the 1460’s. For a detailed account of the… Continue reading

Using beeswax as an intaglio ground

Whilst writing Making an Engraved Matrix a while ago, I briefly showed the method of using beeswax as a resist, or ground. I didn’t go into much detail, given that the topic of that… Continue reading

Stigh’s Scroll: Not a print, but almost as much fun

Last year I was asked to illuminate a scroll for a very good friend. I thought this would be a really lovely thing to do, although my only experience in illumination was drawing… Continue reading

Drypoint: Portrait of Helene

Despite the shortcomings of the drypoint method (as discussed here), I found the process very appealing and enjoyable, and decided to make another. As described in the linked post, that first drypoint was… Continue reading