I’m really enjoying exploring graphic layered imagery using traced images from my sketchbooks, carbon paper and found ephemera such as envelopes and typography. These were made onto a piece of scrap paper that I’d made notes and doodles onto, and used as a drip and splash catcher when working on other pieces.
This weekend I have been continuing work in Ben’s sketchbook.
Ben reproduced one of my images in black and white; the reproduction is also slightly textured. He has, I think, used the same or similar technique elsewhere in the book and scraped marks into it. I am curious to know how he has achieved this tactile effect, and have included a note asking him to explain.
Anyway, I like the black and white reproduction of my own image, so I have been developing this idea, making other versions of it using tracing paper, carbon paper, inks, oil pastels, pen – a colourful extravaganza. I will perhaps continue to extract shapes and parts of the original image to play around with some more before returning it to Ben at the end of the week.
I have been pondering this idea of infinite reproductions and variations on a single theme recently; I have been using the photo editing software on my phone to manipulate images of my signature squares doodle, as well as drawing it in different mediums and colour combinations. I remember discussing the need to repeatedly return to a single image at Sarah Goudie’s drawing workshop at the Practice Imperfect event at BCU earlier this year; the idea fascinates me. I am a compulsive doodler; it helps my brain to slip into a flow state, which is useful when I am working on something specific and want to loosen up mental muscles; I also find it a good way to relax and let my mind ebb and flow at the end of the day.
This week Ben’s book has arrived back with me. Sadly he has not had the opportunity to add to it; it’s a busy time of year for everyone in education – I’m feeling the pressure and I only work part time.
Today is the first time I’ve had chance to sit down and explore some ideas myself; I have decided to continue with the fish theme which I started in response to a printed image of Ben’s. This image of a fish inspired me to explore printing myself with varying degrees of success, and following an activity which I found in Paula Briggs’ excellent book Drawing Projects for Children I have been using carbon paper to combine and reproduce drawn images. This has brought back memories of first discovering the joys of carbon paper prints as a child; I’ve also discovered that you can get carbon paper in several colours – including yellow! so am exploring layers and colours. I wonder what other colours I can find…
I don’t have a shared sketchbook to work in yet this month so have been working in my own sketchbook. My signature square doodles have put in a reappearance whilst I have been pondering how to proceed with a larger mixed media piece. I’ve also been enjoying playing with carbon paper after finding a project in Paula Briggs’ inspiring book ‘Drawing Projects for Children’.