Paper making

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.

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.

Three bowls on a shelf
Hand made paper bowls either side of a found object

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!

Mark Making, Printing and Collage – Part II

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.

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.