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Randomness. 2

9 May

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I’m carrying on experimenting with being as random as I can, which isn’t easy for me! I worked on another sheet of vintage watercolour paper from a Winsor & Newton block I was given by a friend, it’s about size A2. I did one a few days ago and I think I’ll do a series and see what happens. I used my home-made walnut husk ink, firstly applying a light wash and when that was dry, brushing the neat ink over with a large, flat brush. I like the way the ink pools at the edge of the brushstrokes.

 

Here are the two that I’ve done so far. I don’t know what I might end up doing with them, at the moment I’m just trying to keep a open mind and be as free as possible.

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Vintage Paper And Liquid Silk

2 May

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Another development in my current phase of random experimentation. A dear friend has given me a lot of vintage art supplies, mostly lovely papers, and I’m putting them to good use. This is a large block of water colour paper, the kind that where all the sheets are stuck together which saves you from having to stretch individual pieces. It’s quite a big one, about 20 x 14 inches. I don’t usually use watercolour, especially on a large scale, so I watered down some of my home-made walnut ink and brushed it onto the paper, leaving it to dry overnight. Then I took some undiluted walnut ink, a rich chocolatey sepia that flows like liquid silk and poured some onto the paper.

 

At first I had a strong urge to try and make something representational, but I resisted that and brushed across the paper randomly, using a 2.5 inch household painting brush. The ink holds the impression of the brush, which I like. Once it’s dry. I’ll peel it off and have a think about what I will do with it. Probably something with conté crayon and/or soft pastels. Maybe even oil bars.

Please click here to find out how to make walnut ink.

Resisting …..

30 Apr

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I’ve been carrying on with my attempt to get more randomness in my work, to be more expressionistic and less controlling. I spent a bit of time over the weekend priming (gesso) and undercoating (white acrylic) some pieces of MDF. Today I brushed one of the pieces with a loose mixture of Daler-Rowney Georgian black oil paint and linseed oil.

 

I greatly admire the German Expressionist artists, especially Käthe Kolliwtz and I’m envious of artist friends who seem able to sit and doodle and produce lovely drawings straight from their imaginations. So I tried not to control what I was doing, not to fall into the trap to try and make it realistic.

 

I worked into the black oil paint with rags, cotton buds (Q Tips), bubble wrap and scrunched-up tissue paper, resisting the temptation to do something representational. I rubbed away and removed the black paint, a reductive rather than additive method.

 

 

 

On the left, my work station and on the right, the loose oil paint brushed onto prepared MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard.

 

 

Two close ups showing some of the detail of the reductive paintwork.

 

Piling On The Glamour

29 Apr

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More of the glamour of being an artist. Yesterday I primed some MDF with acrylic gesso and sanded it smooth. Today I painted the pieces of MDF with white acrylic paint. Then I sanded them a bit. And then I painted them with a second coat of white acrylic paint. In this exciting picture, you can see the large tub of gesso, on the floor, and the smaller but still fairly substantial tub of acrylic paint on the plans chest.

Oh The Glamour!

28 Apr

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The glamorous life of an artist, eh? Spending a Saturday afternoon sanding down sheets of MDF (with a dust mask on of course) and priming them with acrylic gesso and then sanding them down again. Tomorrow I’ll put on a layer of white acrylic paint. And sand them down again. Oh, the glamour!

Back To The Real World…

27 Apr

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A friend gave me a massive stack of paper recently and I’ve been sorting it out. There was a pile of drafting film, I think it might be Mark Resist (Mylar) which is really nice stuff, but the stack was creased and so I thought I’d use some for experimenting, trying out some ink and wash work over a large sheet of paper I’d previously coloured. I’ve been trying a few ideas out digitally but today it was back to the real world of ink and brushes; my own home-made walnut ink as it happens and a mixture of hog hair and Isabey watercolour brushes.

 

The Nature Of Space….

26 Apr

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I’m still playing around with some of the random prints I have been doing over the past couple of weeks. I photographed one of the printed pieces of paper and uploaded it into the free Markers app on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and filled in the white areas with black, which completely altered the nature of the space. I know that’s stating the obvious, but I like seeing it like this (the white version is below).

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I also discovered that the Markers drawing app is a blunt instrument that gives quite clumsy results for colouring in …. but I’m too miserly to buy a better one.

Scratching An Itch

25 Apr

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Keeping on with the randomness that I’ve been trying to inject into my arts practice for the past few weeks, I took a digital photo of the work I posted about yesterday and uploaded it (or should that be downloaded?) into the Markers app on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet and scribbled all over it. That was fun. Which is unusual for me, because doing art has never been fun. It’s really hard and I don’t enjoy it. It’s like an itch that has to be scratched. Satisfying when the scratching’s over though.

 

Cleaning Up

24 Apr

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Cleaning Up. I’ve been doing some experimental printmaking onto some donated vintage paper the past few days, inspired by the random creative exercises of The Surrealists in the early 20th century. When I was cleaning up after the first day, where I used yellow ink (Caligo Safewash), I rolled my roller onto a large piece of paper to get the excess ink off. The next day, when I used red ink, I ripped a few strips of newspaper and put them onto the paper before I rolled the excess ink onto it. And finally, I did the same when I was cleaning the blue roller.

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I really like it. I get my roller clean enough to wash AND I have some nice paper to work on. I think I’ll draw onto it with something dark, maybe black conté crayon or black oil bar, or maybe I’ll scan it into my Samsung Galaxy Tablet first and experiment before committing myself to paper.

Waste Not, Want Not.

23 Apr

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After printing up all nine of my little brutalised randomised vinyl blocks yesterday in the final, blue, colour, I used up the ink that was left on a large sheet of Mylar, or Mark Resist, film. I’d already printed up the yellow and red leftover inks.

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Waste Not, Want Not eh? I’ve no idea what I’m going to do with it, maybe collage?

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