Among the authors I like, there is Eric Vuillard. And among the books he wrote, I particularly appreciated La tristesse de la terre (The Sadness of the Earth). Here is a fragment of it.
I first wrote the text on standard paper before transferring with white carbon paper on a black background, then I touched up the outline of the letters and added the decoration with watercolour.
I wanted to keep the idea of the snowflake, so the text is not very readable, I give it back to you in an approximative translation: “How delicate a snowflake is! It seems like a tired little secret, a lost, inconsolable sweetness.”
If that’s not pure poetry, I’ll eat my hat.
Back from Coulon where I spent a marvellous week in Gérard Guerry’s workshop, I can show you my latest work.
As it wasn’t very convenient to bring all the mandatory materials for engraving/etching, I went back to work on paper.
It’s the structure of a stained glass window from Saint Hilaire church in Niort, embossed with carbon paper. I finished it by filling the pattern with my unavoidable filigrees 🙂
To see the whole work, follow the link to the gallery.
After rubbing an engraved cadel letter using carbon paper, this is how this one looks.
I very much like the differences of brightness between the rubbed parts and the others. There may be something to do using this material.
At last, I’m done with the calligraphy of Giovanni Papini‘s short story, Corpses of cities.
I used most of my favourites techniques to do this job and I must say that I’m quite happy with the result.
Embossing on carbon paper
Zinc engraving and filigrees
To have a look to the whole work, click here.
Other close ups are available here and there.
Here is a draft of my latest work in progress, a text by Giovanni Papini.
As I’m working on a paper I’n not used to, I make drafts of the different parts as proofs of concept, just to be sure that everything will fit in place and that, for example, this paper can put up with embossing.
I told you recently about an embossing I intented to use within a calligraphic work, here is the result.
I’m not happy with it… at all. I’ll have to try something else.
First try with embossing on an old plate of zinc with a carbon paper between it an the embossed paper.
I’m quite happy with it, I intend to complete it with a fragment from the Satiricon by Petronius, the bit that starts with : “As when, in the sleep-bringing night dreams sport with the wandering eyes …”