Sunday, December 30, 2012

Carpe diem

I wanted to use rust in conjunction with engraving. It's now done with this short quotation from the Odes by Horatius. I think, I'll do other works using this technique, I really like the result.

First, I engraved the slate and second, I added some filings and then waited for rust to do its job. Once happy with it, I varnished the whole to freeze the development.

You can see another detail here, to see the whole work, it's there.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Villa Mille Roses - dedications

The first edition of Villa Mille Roses, text by Pascal Aussi, published by Christophe Chomant, is released since beginning of december.
The twenty first copies of it will be dedicated on demand so, if you're interested, send me an email :-)

Thursday, December 27, 2012


After playing quite a lot with zinc, I'm now experimenting steel as a medium for calligraphy.
Here is my first try almost correct of a cadel letter.

Next time, I'll have to better sand the surface and to adjust the edges as the varnish is too sticky to get clean contours on the first stroke.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012


Christmas Eve has passed, one can now open the presents.
And in the box, this is what can be found.

This is my second try in jewellery after the bracelet. This brooch is 3.5cm in diameter and is made of zinc, varnished then engraved using acid.
The white vine pattern is my creation and I added a cabochon of slate.
I'm quite happy with it and so seems the person who received it :-)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Recycling- continued

Another possible use of drafts is the creation of origami boxes.

That's perfect for Christmas presents but to know what is in it, you'll have to wait until tomorrow :-)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Corpses of cities

At last, I'm done with the calligraphy of Giovanni Papini's short story, Corpses of cities.
I used most of my favourites techniques to do this job and I must say that I'm quite happy with the result.

Embossing on carbon paper

Zinc engraving and filigrees

To have a look to the whole work, click here.
Other close ups are available here and there.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


A few years ago, I started to work on a text by Thomas de Quincey, creating a palimpsest by writing with walnut stain and partially washing it before adding a new coat of text. After 4 coats, I stopped and did something totally different with the text.
Lately, I was looking for something to soften the light of my bedside lamp and found this uncompleted work in his portfolio.

The moral of the story is : never throw away anything, recycling can have surprising results.
I've just created a palampsest ;-)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Rose window

Here is a draft of my latest work in progress, a text by Giovanni Papini.

As I'm working on a paper I'n not used to, I make drafts of the different parts as proofs of concept, just to be sure that everything will fit in place and that, for example, this paper can put up with embossing.