Part 2, Project 3, exercise 3

Experimenting with mixed media.

I should be in my element here as I’ve never been afraid to mix anything with anything else – gouache and pencil and ink and acrylic and bits of collage and sometimes a drag or two of oil pastel. I’m guessing some sort of discipline about choice might be more important in this task though. I’ve begun by applying a coarse layer of acrylic gesso on a sheet of A2 cartridge because I like the texture it provides and the way it holds all sorts of media, although I haven’t tried with inks or pencil yet. I have new inks on order and arriving soon so it might be hard to resist giving them an outing. I also have a bottle of white ink that I haven’t tried yet and I can see how that might come into its own as lines on layered colour backgrounds. While it’s drying (the literature says 24 hours), I have a piece of mauve sugar paper taped to a smaller board ready for something I haven’t decided on yet; and there are those coloured sheets I glued into my sketchbook to fiddle around with.

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This is Flora, qualifying as still life by simultaneously being both for a substantial period of time. This was a quick sketch using mixed media which reminded me how quickly ink dries on sugar paper. I used white pencil to sketch out her outline, then went for fine lines in white ink with no success at all due to the absorption. Dabbing – almost as small footprints – worked better and I liked the irregularity that introduced even though the simple line drawing also seemed rather nice. Following that change to the way the image was emerging, I used white, then blue, then black pastel to slide some texture into the ‘wire frame’ drawing and make a kind of map of her body on the paper. Not so sure about that round area where her hip lies. Might tackle that tomorrow.

As a note to myself, I did this without my close vision glasses because I found that allowed for a better appreciation of the whole as opposed to detail. It’s probably my equivalent of squinting.

10th Jan.

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Different light as it’s morning and natural whereas yesterday’s photo was taken in the evening using a daylight lamp. I think that rump looks a little less like a target now with the additional blue/white pencil lines.

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