Karl Stern’s works are designed with the intention that the plates make the work, but some are suitable for printing and a very limited number of unique mono-prints may be available (1 to 4 individual images are printed from the plate using different colours.)

Card plates are cut live with a blade and no prior drawing, then shellaced to strengthen and preserve the cut image.

The type of shellac can lend a golden/wooden tone to the card. Some are more abstracted than others. The detail and textures worked into the surface are enhanced by the brushwork and the use of printing inks rubbed into the card.

The Plates are mounted in a ‘tray’ frame leaving the textural image exposed for gentle exploration by the viewer.

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News about Karl Stern


Taking a Break. News; I have been quiet for a while. A mixture of reasons but 2 forthcoming exhibitions to ...Read More

Xmas Makers Market. 8th December at Tribe, 19 Windsor Place, Portobello EH152AJ

Looking forward to having a stall at Tribe Portobello for their Christmas Market on Saturday 8th of December from 1.00 ...Read More

Update October 2018

It's been a long time since my site was updated and I am in the process of updating with new ...Read More