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Mixing It: Print, Drawing, Collage

17 Aug

Mixed media: Elders.

 

I was editioning a block print of a head of an elderly man developed from a drawing from my trip to Pakistan a few years ago and had a bit of printers ink left over so I tried printing the block onto odd bits of paper I had around the place. I had a sheet of very nice hand-made Japanese paper, pale green with bits of dried bamboo leaves embedded into it, so I did a print on it which was a bit disappointing at the time because it wasn’t a good rich black. I put it in a draw in my plans chest and forgot about it for a couple of years. It ended up in a folder of papers I took to life drawing; I often re-use old prints and work over them with drawings because the paper is too good to waste and I’m mean!

 

The male model that evening was quite elderly and I liked the idea of combining the two elders, one Western and one Eastern, so I started by drawing our model, John, alongside the Islamabad man using Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens and black conté crayon. Then I took a Pritt stick and stuck the Japanese paper down onto a larger sheet of black cartridge and continued the drawing over the edge of the Japanese paper onto the black using white oil pastel. Finally I collaged torn pieces of handmade patterned paper which I’d previously screenprinted with text.

 

I know artists who chuck out work that isn’t 100% what they want but I think that’s a waste, because after a while you can look at it in new ways and find a different use for it.

 

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