Emblem 116

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This motley emblem has been marbled by hand in ways very similar to those used in Sterne's time. Gouache colours were floated on a tray containing prepared carragheen, a viscous liquid which supports the paints as they are thrown upon it. Wanting the pattern to be an integral part of the paper and not purely a tip-in, particular care was taken when transferring the image from the liquid size onto the paper. With just a single page there was no room for error & it was a relief to create what had been visualised, the marbled page perfectly fitted the printed frame. This particular marbled design is based upon a specific pattern of the later C18th known as 'Antique Spot'. Indeed it is an emblem of my work.