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My Surfaces: Drawing journal ‘Gilding the Lily’

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , , , , , on February 19, 2009 by echostains
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I love doodling with gold and silver ink pens, somehow the drawing just grows and grows, and I get more and more carried away!  This is good in a sense as it is free expression.  It must be said though that it doesn’t do to be too free.  I feel there must always be a raison d’etre: an underlying reason behind what I do and that work like this must be balanced by more disciplined work: more control.  As my work progresses I have come to realise that my concerns reveal a dichotomy: control and automatism.

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Media used; silver and gold ink gel pens, inks, acrylics

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Links for my other surfaces ;

Printmaking  journal

Life Drawing journal

Armageddon journal (project)

Ceramics journal

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Blasting the Surface: Armageddon Journal

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2009 by echostains
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armageddon-journal-

 

This is the front of an A3 journal for a project I did in second year Foundation.  The project ‘Armageddon’ proved a very interesting one, exploring  destruction, survival, recycling, belief.   (I even made an ‘Armageddon cloak, made form plastic carrier bags, tobacco pouch wallets, anything that could be melted together!…even the scrapings of dried acrylic paint from my pallette!)

 

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armageddon-journal-detail-1

 

The front of the journal is made entirely of impasto medium, in which rolled up foil was embedded.  Acrylic paint, soft copper square, and foil make a surface which looks aged..

 

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armageddon-journal-detail-2

 

The technique was one where I ‘burnished’ the copper with acrylic paint, rubbing the paint in, then wiping it off: building up a patina.

Foil was rolled into balls and stuck down with PVA glue.  Then when dry layers were applied, building the surface up.  The same patina building technique applied.  The idea was to make the journal appear ancient, buried in the rubble, scorched by neuclear devestation.  I enjoyed doing this cover VERY much indeed!

 

 

In the beginning……was the beginning (original rescued altered book notes)

Posted in MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2008 by echostains

 

The start of the altered art book pages 1 and 1 2002

The start of the altered art book pages 1 and 1 2002

I didn’t realise just how old my altered book was until I found this bit of writing on an old disc!  This book is like the Marie Celeste!  Six years though………. that’s a long long time.

26th August 2002

Today I decided to attempt making an ‘altered’ book.  I had a choice of two hard backed books: ‘The Woodwitch’ or ‘Five Gates of Hell’.  I decided on the latter as I wouldn’t mind reading the ‘Woodwitch’.  From the opening chapter (first page), I chose two paragraphs.  The first one is about jets flying over an eerie sky and ghostly plant life.  The second described curtains with mermaids on, and the scull of a seagull with a coin in one of the eye sockets.  I have painted the background and am pleased that it hasn’t seeped through to the  pages underneath.  The background is similar to a background I used for my ‘Armageddon’ project.  I splattered this with white and silver ink, and drew in some ghostly plants which looked quite crap actually.

However, not to worry, I am going to go over all of it with some white ink, which will cover the plants and seaweed.  I am going to do a coin rubbing to represent the seagulls eye, and may do a drawing of a skull.

As usual, as with anything I do, problems are already arising.  Half of art is about problem solving though.  I do not want the work to be illustrated though.  I would like the quotes to be seen  in the way they are isolated – out of context, yet pertaining to the story (my story – not the original author).

https://echostains.wordpress.com/2008/12/04/the-gates-of-hell-are-back-but-for-how-long/