Joseph Williams

(also known as Joseph Hope-Williams)

Artist and Stage Designer

18 Lower Luton Rd, Wheathampstead, Herts,
AL4 8QZ, England
Tel: (+44) 01582 833992

Juvenile Drama
Penny Plain / Twopence Coloured
Tinsel Pictures

in the Victorian style

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All pictures © Joseph Williams 

Steps in the tinsellers' art

The design is produced as an original pencil sketch

A brass plate is etched and then used to print a  plain picture.  (This is how the Victorian "penny plain" pictures were produced.)

The picture is then hand painted using the traditional colours hand made to an original recipé.  (This is how the Victorian "twopenny coloured" pictures were produced.)

Those areas that are to be replaced with materials are cut out - as shown by the black areas here.

An example with material added but no foil yet.
Any tinsel (foil) additions require to be made individually and added to the picture.  This process is explained below.

This is a copper plate etched to such a depth that it can be used as a die for foil pieces ( this shws about 2/3 of those required for the Pirate picture)

This indicates the size of the foil pieces alongside the plate used to produce them. (helmet parts, leg armour and shield are shown)

This illustrates a part finished Pirate picture before any foil is added.

This illustrates a part finished Pirate picture with some foil added (buckle, gun, sword and some braiding.

This shows a close up of a dragon with scales.  Various sizes of circles are cut in foils from a range of colours.  These are then added to the picture taking account of size and colour graduation.

Viewing the full picture gives an indication of the small size of individual pieces of foil added.

All pictures © Joseph Williams 

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