The Shandon Bells have played a big part in my Cork life. Steve and I used to live right under it’s loud chimes. We would lay in bed on lazy mornings (something that seems alien since having a child!) and rate the tourists’ performances. For five euro you can climb the tower and ring the Shandon bells to whatever tune you can manage. Renditions of Three Blind Mice and Amazing Grace would ring out over the city while we listened on. Now we live a little further from the bells but its tower, its fish shaped weather vane and one if its four clocks greet me every morning and evening as I open and close the shutters in time with the day.
Cork has a lot fancier and grander churches but for me the Shandon bells at St Anne’s church is my absolute favourite. Partly because of it’s little quirks. For years the clock was called the four faced liar because it’s four clocks on each side of the tower had a different time. It has recently been fixed but I still can’t bring myself to trust it so I end up double checking it with my watch. Being able to see it from our window made me geek out a little when we first moved in. For a few months after moving in I would make visitors look at the milk cartoon and then look out our window.” LOOK,LOOK, YOU CAN SEE IT OUT THE WINDOW AND IT’S ON THE MILK CARTOON”. After a few polite nods I realised that not everyone found this to be AMAZING!
To cement my love of Shandon Bells I decided to make a print of it. I used the same foam print technique as the other post but I got a lot more detailed.
To add the personal touch, and so I don’t infringe on copyright, I based it on a photo I had taken on my birthday bus tour .
First, I edited the photo in Picassa to turn it into a pencil sketch. This isn’t entirely necessary but for me it really helped because it have me a nice clean outline to follow.
I printed this to A4 size and used baking paper to trace it. When tracing it I drew the outline and then just choose parts of the tower I wanted to highlight: the arches, an odd cluster of bricks and of course the clock.
I used the scalpel and th traced image on the baking paper to cut out the outline of the tower into the foam . Then drew on some details with a pen. I started to do this free hand then quickly realised I need the guidance of the baking paper trace. That’s why a few of the lines are more than a little off! I also cut out some of the parts of the arches to allow the colour of the paper to come through.
I tried using the orange ink that I had from the other projects but it was a bit too harsh for what I wanted so I baby wiped the foam stamp (I have no idea how I lived without baby wipes being at hand all the time!) and I invested five euro on a new white printing ink.
Just as I did in the last foam post I rolled the ink up and down then over and back until it looked like corduroy. To make sure the detail of the stamp came out I placed the inked foam stamp on top of the paper and then I turned them over. I ran my knuckle over the back of the paper to press down on the foam stamp underneath.
This also meant that when I was finished I was peeling the paper away from the foam stamp rather than trying to lift the foam stamp gingerly from the paper. I should have had the paper on top the last time too. This way is much,much easier!
One thing that I forgot is that a stamp prints the other way around so my chosen clock numbers were on the wrong side. As I happens the turned out like blobs rather than numbers so no harm done. Lesson learnt for the future though!
There you have it. A local landmark made into a print.
What about you? Do you have any landmarks, shops or spots that you would love to make a print of? If you do it please please try this out and let me know how you get on. I’d be delighted to hear how you get on!