Watercoloured screenprints of Alice In Wonderland

Posted by John Patrick Reynolds on

I’m developing a range of watercoloured screenprints of Alice in Wonderland.
The drawings which illustrated Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll were made by Victorian draftsman John Tenniel in the 1860s and 1870s and they pretty much define how we think of Alice.
I’ve been developing the method to give those Victorian drawings a colouring which suited their era – to give a more nuanced look than that which flat colours that screenprinting can give.
First the black lines will be screenprinted onto my usual 300gsm cotton-rich paper, then my colleagues in west London will hand-colour the images. Each one will vary slightly from the next one so I don’t know whether it would be appropriate to issue them as limited editions. They will be initialled by me and by my watercolourists in pencil on the back of the print.
These images are the first I have produced using the new technique – they show Alice with the White Queen and then with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.
Each will be issued in the first instance in my standard format – 26cms x 19cms.
I will also consider using this technique with my Olive Oyl and Popeye screenprints.
Comments would be gratefully received.
JPR 30 May

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