Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Moleskine toys

To save my blog from going "rusty", a couple of sketches from a past evening workshop devoted to toys, both completed in a Moleskine watercolour sketchbook.

Water soluble pen and watercolour

Water soluble pen and watercolour bear over a mixed media collage

Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Sketches and linocut lilies

It is lovely to receive a bouquet of flowers, even better when I have time to really concentrate on their colour and form by making pen or pencil and watercolour studies of them.  I file any usable sketches in ring binders so I can refer to them, sometimes years later, for reference or inspiration.






These sketches gave rise to more considered work in acrylic, watercolour, collage and lino print; with the latter I experimented further by printing on different painted backgrounds.

The flower petals were lightened with white acrylic,
with gold gel pen accentuating the stamens


A fine liner pen and silver gel pen were used on this print

A couple of early proof prints in my "Experiments" Moleskine -
on the left using fluid acrylic which wasn't successful as a printing medium;
on the right,  gouache and gum arabic print, collaged over a black gesso background



Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Background experiment

I have made several attempts to use randomly painted backgrounds on which to add floral subjects.  Not all have been successful, but I'm sure I will continue to explore this idea in the hope of the occasional good outcome.

This particular effort started out with some random gesso lino prints on watercolour paper, followed by loose washes of watercolour.  I also added a few dry brush strokes of pale gold acrylic ink, then defined the lilies with watercolour pencil, painting the image with a diluted gesso base before adding watercolour washes to the leaves and flowers.

Lilies - mixed media - approx 4.5" x 6"

Saturday, 7 December 2019

More Moleskine collages

Another couple of experimental collages.  This time I used a couple of my sketches from live model sessions, cut these out and pasted them onto backgrounds of handprinted tissue (both 8" x 5").





Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Collage experiments

I have a couple of A5 watercolour Moleskine sketch books which I have used in the main for trying out new ideas, materials or techniques, at the same time noting the methods used.

The following two sketches, done quite a while ago, started with backgrounds collaged with lettering cut from magazines, gesso then used to partially obscure, acrylic paint, hand printed patterns and tissue collage.  My reference for the faces was taken from news articles, executed with pen, acrylic and collage.





Monday, 11 November 2019

The Art of the Fold - November

I never did find out what happened to the October challenge so I missed that one, but I enjoyed trying out this triangular book (Section 19 of "The Art of the Fold" book).

For my version I used a previously painted and lino-printed sheet of copy paper, cut down to approx. 12" square.  The lino-print wasn't very successful so I overlaid and patterned it with iridescent pink paste paint.  As the back of the paper was painted gold, I reversed the top and bottom folds of the cover to provide a bit of contrast and added a band to hold it closed.

The finished book measures just over 2" x 4".





Thursday, 24 October 2019

Inktober with a difference

I have been playing around with a new fold structure.  The first image was a trial - I already had a scan of a design from a previous project which I printed onto ordinary copy paper on the computer.  I then tried the folds out on an acrylic painted background and used metallic and white gel pens to draw out the decoration.

I am sure there is room for more experimentation here.


Computer printed design on copy paper -  8.25" square

Acrylic ink on copy paper with gel pen decoration - 8.25" square