Category Project 1

Stage 4 Review of work so far

Stage 4 Review of work so far Have you ever thought about your drawing this way before? I have done a lot of work on mark-making before, particularly when working with Primary school children. I was teaching it rather than actually doing it so it was good for me to ‘get down to basics’ again! […]

Working from sketchbooks 2

Well I have read the notes for Stage 4 Working from your sketchbooks and am a little confused as to what to do. I decided not to think too much about it. I looked through my work and picked out some drawings which I thought I could work on. I then did a series of […]

Stage 3 Exercise 2 Studies of the surface texture

Exercise 2 involved looking around for interesting surface textures and making marks to express these textures. I chose a glass vase, a piece of silver paper and finally a wooden sign. 1. First of all, I looked at a glass vase which was catching the light and I thought this would be interesting. Words to […]

Stage 3 Using marks to create surface textures – Exercise 1

I really enjoyed Exercise 1 and had a lot of my own photos to choose from. I sifted through my collection and I selected three which I thought would be ideal: 1. Steps leading down to the water’s edge, with reflections and light casting shadows in interesting ways on different surfaces 2. A wall made […]

Mark-making techniques Exercise 4

Exercise 4 In the past during my Primary School teaching days, I used most of these techniques with children and also when running workshops for teaching staff, so they were very familiar to me. I also used a number of these techniques when working on the mark-making in Exercise 3. The only technique I have […]

Experiments with bleach

Here are the results of some experiments with bleach, which I found strangely satisfying. I daubed a black paper napkin with bleach and watched the colour slowly change. I had read about turning paper into a leather-like material by scrunching up with oil and then flattening, so I had a go. I then decided to […]

Experimenting with mark-making (Exercise 4)

Inspired by Pollock’s ‘Cut-out’, I proceeded to the next exercise. My plan was to try some of the different techniques together on one piece. I covered a piece of cartridge paper with marks, using watercolour paints, gouache. I printed with an eraser, scratched into wet paint with a cocktail stick and used a variety of […]

More mark-making

Exercise 3 (cont) Following my Pollock-inspired mark-making, mostly in black ink and silver pen, I used the same technique again but used a range of paints, pens and inks and tried some different techniques. As before, using a range of materials, including: brown paper; white papers; old envelopes; cellophane sweet wrappers; tissue paper; pieces of […]