It's been a while since I did a behind the scenes on wallpaper printing so here a few pictures to show you what happens after the wallpaper rollers are engraved.
The first step is to mix the paint for the pad or background colour.
This is the rich purple for Beetlenut. Looks a bit messy doesn't it?
The background colour is then applied with a blank roller. The image below is the gorgeous teal green which is one of my all time favourite colours.
Then, the exciting bit! The engraved roller is used to apply the design. In this case, glorious metallic gold.
I'm so in awe of this wonderful traditional process. The detail is absolutely phenomenal. Due to the nature of my work and the tiny dots I was concerned some of the finer parts would be lost or smudged or blurred in some way. I am pleased to say the outcome was just as I had hoped.
As much as I love digital printing for the scope it gives me (far more colours, shorter print runs and smaller minimum orders etc) flexographic printing will always be very special to me.
It's a little bit magic.
Tonwen Jones - Mapmaker Illustrator April 19 2016
I wanted to share the work of a gifted mapmaker with you all.
Tonwen Jones is a cartographer who designs beautiful illustrated maps of all kinds of different places. Most recently she created this marvel especially for London Zoo’s ‘Land Of The Lions’ exhibit, what a dream commission!
I also adore her Reykjavik map as it’s somewhere I have always wanted to go. Tonwen makes it looks like a land from a fairytale which only provokes my wanderlust further. These geographical masterpieces are just part of what this talented topographer can do.
She has worked with a lot of prestigious clients and had artwork published in The Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, Marie Claire and a host of other magazines, newspapers and books. She is available for bespoke commissions for wedding artwork, which make great quirky invitations or gifts.
Her bespoke maps have such glorious colour schemes too, I would love to have one on my wall one day. There is so much to see in each piece they would look gorgeous in big frame.
Check out some of her graphic maps for yourself.