day last-but-one

While I was playing with my new inks last week, I developed some of these experiments on Thursday's and Friday's pages With a thick coating of white gesso on part of the page, scribed with pencil for deep furrows of swirl, the inks had routes to wander around and new routes made with small watercolor … Continue reading day last-but-one

out of the sketchbook!

I'm so enjoying the page a day project, and the 12 in 12 (updates on that one soon) but it has meant that not so much art has been going on outside of the sketchbooks. So I decided to venture out of my papery comfort zone and onto canvas. This is a first for me! … Continue reading out of the sketchbook!

Mesh Mess

Y'know that sticky mesh tape stuff you stick plaster board together with? Yeh, sure you do! Here it is... It's meant for healing up wounds in walls n ceilings, but I have a much better use for it. Made from fibreglass it's super-tough and water resistant, and the tape has just the right ickiness to … Continue reading Mesh Mess

Sat urday

With the rest of the alphabet stencils cut (ok... v, w, x, y, z aren't done yet... it's a bit fiddly and I wanted to get on and play!) today's page is all about sat sat saturday... Layering up the letters, positive and negative cut-outs Using a mix of acrylics, glazes, watercolors, gouache, pastels and … Continue reading Sat urday

Frisket stencils part 2

I left the Frisket Stencils overnight, and yesterday morning I unpeeled the results... See what I mean about the deckled edges? See close up, there's the trace of an outline where the colors bled under the stencil. At a midway point in the process I added more stencils over the already colored page, it's made … Continue reading Frisket stencils part 2

more experiments with rice

This (Wednesday's page) Plus this (salvaged dyed rice + hot water) Equals this (thickly heaped rice on dry paper - may try wet paper next time - sprayed with a little more ink for good measure) Plus drying time............. produced this, gently dappled patterning.

visual echos

Thursday's page focused on utilising bits of the dyed paper through stacking n stitching, to exploring cut and torn shapes The echoing shapes from previous pages are now just indentations. To continue the theme of the swirling frond shape that has lasted all week I cut a stencil from acetate and used this with ink … Continue reading visual echos

dot dot dot …

I'm so glad I posted the beginnings of Wednesday, cos all trace of that pink ricey start are now hidden beneath layers of acrylic dots! Using sequin waste (punchinella) as a stencil, I'm most taken by the white dots, raised from the surface with nice crisp edges, made with thick goopy printing ink.

pink rice beginnings

Wednesday's page started out with the results of playing with dye and rice. I poured rice onto the puddles of dye that'd spilled onto the page As the rice absorbed the water in the dye, the concentration of the pigment outlined the grains. I'll post what happened to this page later...

trekking round this learning curve

Embarking on a project like a page a day, without an aim in sight, more a stretch of the journey traveled in a new fashion, has to be done without expectations. I've doodled and made art since before I can remember.  Habitually, obsessively, because I love the process, and because (probably like all artists) I … Continue reading trekking round this learning curve