Creative Workout

Once again this year I have taken part in a month long, daily sketchbook challenge which I find is a great way of “letting go” and discovering how my ideas are developing.  This year in particular, after taking the “Approaches to Abstraction” with Sally Hirst, I somehow felt much more confident.  

I started by preparing my own painted and printed papers using the lovely tissue papers that come as packaging when you order something lovely on the internet and old pattern tissue papers.  I did rubbings on tissue paper sealed with fluid matt medium which someone had thrown my way.  I also created textures by using acrylic gels and molding pastes – there is a sample box you can buy with 6 tubes/2 fl. oz. each – as recommended by Sally.  I collected together left over offcuts from previous drawing/painting failures and collected together all sorts of found objects with which to make marks.  I decided to keep to a limited colour palette and apart from some old magazine papers, glue, acrylic inks and paints, crayons and charcoal I think that was about it.

I thought I would go with the theme of Still Life and found by the end of the 30 days my theme had becomes chairs and interiors with the occasional landscape along the way!

Mark making tools – plastic grid, pottery tool, plastic card, colour shaper, cola pen made from tin can and chopstick, umbrella handle, garden hose, window thingy, a piece of bent metal, fork and twigs.

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