See How It Goes

20 Jun

pastel nude


I’m going into a phase of experimentation for a while. I have been marbling some Fabriano Accademica paper with black oil pigment and turpentine and I left it out in the garden to dry out; it was quite smelly because of the turps. I forgot about it and it was out overnight and when I looked at it today, snails had attacked it, chewing out some small holes but also munching away at the surface, making it textured in places. Interesting.

I’ve been rooting through old sketchbooks, looking for drawings to work from and I quite like this simple one, done in an olive pastel at a life drawing session. I’ll use it as the basis for drawing onto the marbled paper, with different black and white media; graphite, willow charcoal, carbon, Bideford Black and oil pastel. And see how it goes…….


10 Responses to “See How It Goes”

  1. allesistgut June 22, 2015 at 07:52 #

    You see, the snails love your art to bits. 😉 Have a happy day!

  2. kestrelart June 21, 2015 at 09:47 #

    Looking forward to the result

    • Rosie Scribblah June 21, 2015 at 19:51 #

      I think I’ll start on it tomorrow. Been plagued with a stomach bug all weekend 😡

      • kestrelart June 21, 2015 at 21:50 #

        I hope you feel better soon.
        Best wishes

    • Rosie Scribblah June 21, 2015 at 21:52 #

      Thank you 🙂

  3. anna warren portfolio June 21, 2015 at 08:57 #

    There is an Australian artist (originally English I think) called John Wolseley whose work I LOVE. He takes his paper into the bush, rubs it against burnt trees, pushes it into the dirt, even buries it and digs it up later, so it is covered in all sorts of natural marks and then draws into it. I think he would love snail bitten marks too! There will be so many possibilities with your paper!

    • Rosie Scribblah June 21, 2015 at 11:20 #

      Thanks for letting me know about him. The paper is a natural product, I might get a bit more daring with it 😊

  4. Leonie Andrews June 21, 2015 at 00:46 #

    Thanks it’s always interesting to go back and rework older ideas, looking forward to seeing the outcomes.

    • Rosie Scribblah June 21, 2015 at 05:37 #

      Yes, I have dozens of sketchbooks of observations but it’s only recently I have started to use them as a source of ideas.

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