I've been itching to do some visual art recently. I decided to spend Wednesday mucking about with some inks, oil bars and paint. Not my usual medium. I also fancied doing some landscapes - also not what I usually do.
So after cleaning the front room, doing washing I set up the inks and began. Two hours of making a mess and not a lot to show for it, as I was just creating base layers of printed ink. I was printing onto thick cartridge paper, which absorbs the oil in the ink to leave quite a matt surface. I really like shiny surfaces and and thinking about printing some base layers on some hot pressed board and paper. the shine stays on this type of board, but the paper tends to slip on the plate and lining up is difficult. (Perhaps I'll work into the base layers with pencil and pastel instead.)
Anyway, after popping out to meet Liz for lunch and buying new boots and soap making supplies ( my next project), I returned home and began to work into the prints. Some are coming along nicely, but there are a few that need a lot more work.
Today I worked hard all day and then went to the NEATEN (North East Art Teacher/ Educator Network) meeting at the BALTIC. I'm looking forward to seeing the Turner Prize Finalists there in the next few weeks. Tomorrow I'm going with Jess to choose fabrics and designs for her bridesmaid dresses. What a creative week!