The Three Rs

3 Mar


The Three Rs – Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse; it’s what I do with paper all the time. If something doesn’t work out, no point in keeping it hanging around. And as I use really good quality paper, I’m not going to bin it. I did a massive drawing on Fabriano Accademica about a year ago (you can see my fingers at the top), using my home-made walnut ink. I never liked the drawing so it’s been rolled up in a cupboard but I liked what I did last week when I was out and about drawing ancestral stones in West Wales. I drew over a similar walnut ink drawing (here) and decided to do some more when I go out again this weekend.

I chopped the big drawing into 14 smaller pieces that will fit onto my portable drawing board. Some of them looked great as they are but I decided to work into a few with some more walnut ink. I hadn’t used it since last summer; the original ink was fine but the two bottles of wash that I’d thinned out with some water both had a thin layer of mould on top. I scraped it off and it didn’t smell bad so I used it. The ink is thick and silky. It flows beautifully off the brush and leaves lovely, slightly shiny brush marks across the paper. I’m ready for two or three more drawing trips now, following the mythological trail of the Boar Hunt, Y Twrch Trwyth, from the Mabinogion, the book of ancient Welsh legends.

cut paper

I’m travelling around with archaeologist Dewi Bowen who is researching his new book. His previous book on the standing stones of Ancient Siluria (South East Wales) can be found here. Accompanying us is film maker Melvyn Williams who is recording a documentary about the process. Some of Melvyn’s short films can be seen here. If you want to see some galleries of my artworks, please click here.

5 Responses to “The Three Rs”

  1. jhv57 March 4, 2016 at 02:14 #

    Sounds like a very interesting project. Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

    i’m all over the three R’s right now. Have to move from 4th floor apt. Too high up! Therefore, must downsize and sell beforehand. Not the best timing. I am energized by the process. Finding notebooks and interesting ephemera for artwork. Following the trail of breadcrumbs through the dark forest. I love being an artist!

    • Rosie Scribblah March 4, 2016 at 04:17 #

      It’s part of the creative process, reusing stuff. It pushes me out of my comfort zone and makes me more critical and less precious about my work. What sort of place are you moving to? Will you have a garden and a studio?

      • jhv57 March 4, 2016 at 09:27 #

        That sounds delightful. Have no idea where we will land.
        Being driven by medical issues and money. Wherever it is, I will make art.
        Imagine with me.

  2. Michael Richards (certainline) March 3, 2016 at 22:55 #

    That’s great advice, Rosie. I should reuse and repurpose more before I go bankrupt.

    • Rosie Scribblah March 4, 2016 at 04:14 #

      Nothing get past me. I have even been sewing papers together recently 😁

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