Emblem 100

Information and materials

‘as plainly as if every point of it was made up of sunbeams’
-       Tristram Shandy. Ch.20.
This pattern known as ‘TIGERS EYE’ is one of my favourites, partly because it is a very variable pattern to create & so more rewarding when it finally works!
It dates from the early nineteenth century. There are various old recipes for it some involving dried blood or creolin! I used potash with the paint to get this effect.
Pattern 2 (not on display)
This is an old historic pattern known as ‘stormont’, popular during the time Tristram Shandy was written.
The addition of oil to the water based paints breaks up the pattern to create a lacey effect.