Waiting for a studio refit amongst other goings-on so in a bit of pickle space and equipment wise. Luckily, a sketchbook takes up no space at all.
Pattern is the North-West CQ group theme for 2016 and Judy Fairless gave us a headstart with a great day spent trying lots of methods of translating an original source into pattern. I am going to use two seashells as source material and began by doing a simple pencil drawing. Things move pretty quickly though when you get enthused and pattern is endlessly fascinating and inspiring. Here is just a sample of the directions – drawing, tracing and foam-printing, using pencil, fineliner pen, expanding paint, Brusho, and printing ink.
Did a walkthrough about rust with Jen Collier for our MBAG chums. Rusting does take up a fair bit of space, as a drippy, stinking, oozing gunky palaver, but you can get such amazing results, it’s worth the trials. I have done a fair bit of fabric rusting but had to try out lots of techniques on paper to share with book-artists. Despite my dislike of the process, it is a great way of adding non-archival character to a flat surface.