I recently attended a course with Jane Ponsford and learnt the basics of hand made paper making. We used cotton rag and in some cases, I combined this with found clay to add colour.
Khaki cotton rag
Deckle, mould and paper
Grinding the found clay
I wanted to combine the hand made paper with some of my found objects and went with some ideas in mind as to how this might work.
Rust dyed made paper on charred wood
Paper dyed with oak gall ink with found staples and fishing net
Paper with found wire
Paper dyed with oak gall ink and combined with weaving
A row of hand made paper on found wood
Hand made paper combined with found metal and wire
Having kitted myself out with the appropriate gear, I am looking forward to experimenting more with the combination of made and found to produce a series of work. The images above are all starting points rather than finished works but I have thoroughly enjoyed learning this new process. Another course beckons in the Autumn looking at sculpting, folding and moulding with paper – can’t wait!
Caroline had given us a couple of demonstrations showing mono printing and screen printing so my next test was to produce a screen printing. This is something that I felt was a challenge as I consider my work to be “grunge art!”. It is far apart from the neat and perfect finish that you think of when considering a screen print. But I had a go …. I selected one of my found objects and made a stencil. Next I considered how I might use the screen print and selected a gum arabic transfer of one of my photographs (Itchenor, Chichester Harbour – the source of the object) and a page of text I had written about drinks cans. My idea was to make the screen print transparent so that the image and the text could be viewed through it.
Distressed Fanta Can
Stencil cut out over gum arabic print of Itchenor
Stencil cut out over my text
I thought these effects were promising so went on to produce a series of screen prints:
Screen prints over gum arabic prints
Whilst I liked these, they were not really “me.” I parked these and moved on but, for the sake of continuity, this next image shows the next stage in the life of these prints. I will continue to work on them at home. This distressed effect is much more in keeping with my ethos.