Assignment 1 Project 1 Stage 2 Exercise 4

So far the mark making has been done in a conventional way, applying pencil or paint to paper.  Now for the more experimental section using a wider range of methods.

Wax resist

Different colours of wax crayons applied to the paper then covered with a wash of black ink.  I diluted the ink in stages to produces a range of shades.

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Crayon scratch

A couple of thick layers of wax crayon were rubbed on the paper, then I used the end of a bamboo skewer to scratch away the surface layer to reveal the colour underneath.

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Bleach

Bleach on two colours of tissue paper and also on blue crepe paper.  The bleach was either dropped, applied with a paint brush or with the wrong end of a paint brush to produce a variety of lines.  I particularly like the circular shapes on pink, a bit like a galaxy of swirling stars.

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Pen

More use of tissue and crepe paper, this time using thin or thick pens and a calligraphy pen.  The calligraphy pen is nice to use because the shaping of the nib automatically produces thick and thin lines which would be a feature that could be repeated in stitch rather than a line of the same thickness throughout.

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Block printing

I did two pages of block printing, the first (not shown) using a bottle cork, bottle top, piece of decking board and the second using shapes I cut from polystyrene.  The polystyrene itself produced an interesting texture particularly when a number of prints had been done and there was less paint on the surface.

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Paper collage

The first page of collages uses torn or cut pieces from magazines. For the second I put a couple of different colours of acrylic paint onto a wet wipe and scrunched it up to spread the paint over.  I then used a second wet wipe to wipe my hands clean, this produced a softer version in the same colours so I tore the two wipes up and collaged them.  I also added a few pieces of dressmaking pattern tissue as I thought the smooth surface of this would contrast with the woven surface of the wipe.

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Combing

The suggested medium for combing was to use gouache but I haven’t got any (still waiting for it to arrive in the mail) so instead I used nail varnish.  I then used a comb or the end of a bamboo skewer to mark through the varnish.  The image middle bottom of the page is striking with the darker bands of horizontal colour and then the vertical strips, a possible use would be a fabric base, torn fabric for the horizontal bands and then stitches up and down.

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Stencils

A simple dragonfly stencil cut from paper and applied with crayon and acrylic paint.  Also a piece of paper folded in half and cut on the folded edge, then opened out and sponged with silver.  The edge of a torn piece of card was moved around and different colours of pencil applied over the edge to form an overlapping pattern.

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Rubbings

I had fun with rubbings!  An early morning trip to the town park provided a nice range of surfaces to play with.  I used wax crayons and charcoal but prefer the charcoal for the distinctness of the image and contrast black against white.

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