Bonnie P. O’Connell, Artist, University of Nebraska
Work seen at Philbrook Museum’s Bookworks III
Really? If Tumblr goes to Yahoo, I will be closing this down soon. One of the reasons I love Tumblr is that it is virtually ad-free and content driven - that in my opinion will change and change for the worse much as Yahoo has on its own.
With pochoir, a hand painted fashion plate, decorative or interior design, or illustration to be duplicated was carefully analyzed to determine each color layer. Often, but not always, an outline of the image was printed as a black and white lithograph and served as a base layer, especially in the design and fashion portfolios. In many interior illustrations, a line drawing or even a half-tone photograph was lithographed as the base layer. …
Separate stencils were cut, sometimes in thin sheets of copper, zinc, or aluminum, for every color component. Later stencil materials were made of celluloid or plastic and contemporary stencil materials are made of coated paper or acetate. Each successive color layer, using watercolor or gouache, was applied to the stencil with a brush called a pompon. … Skilled printers could achieve incredibly subtle details using gradation and stippling, spattering or even simply drawing additional details with a small brush on the final layer. Sometimes as many as 100 stencils were used to recreate a single image, and the resulting print was surprisingly rich and detailed.
You learn something new every day. Thanks B. Martin!