For this assignment I literally had to attach a pen to a stick and draw a self portrait. It was a lot of fun and once you realize that it will be less than perfect you can relax and let the pen go where the stick takes you.
I might try this again with a different size pen and with my hair down.
I made these in my sketch book and I’m wishing I had done them on watercolour paper or used one of my sketch books with heavier paper. I also discovered that the black marker that I used bled a little when I added the watercolour but it is what it is and it’s all a learning experience.
I’ve decided to go back to my sketch books and rework some old pieces and draw at least one new piece each day. This way I keep my hand moving and working on my drawing skills at the same time.
The first piece is one of the collages that I made with my two year old granddaughter. I added some line detail. I’m not sure that I’m done with it but it was very relaxing and therapeutic at the same time. The second piece is a sketch of my walking shoe that I was literally wearing when I sketched it.
Back to sketching with ink. I love drawing. I don’t know why I’m so hesitant to sketch. This time I sketched a daffodil plant that I received at Easter and the remnants of the bouquet that my father gave me.
….getting papers ready for my Inspired by Lives and Letters class
Lendon Noe has encouraged us to make some art papers using inks, watercolour paper and tissue to use in future projects. I mixed up my walnut crystals to make walnut coloured ink and I experimented with purple and red ink.
The next step is to cut up these papers into squares and rectangles.
On the white tissue paper I used three different techniques. One was crumpling up the paper and dipping it into ink. Using red ink gives it the appearance of blood (not sure if that was a wise choice). The second technique involved folding the paper multiple times until it couldn’t be folded anymore and then dipping the edges into ink. The last method involved folding the paper like a fan and then running a water soluble ink pen down over the folds. All these techniques involved spraying the paper with some water. Not too much or the paper falls apart.