This week, every day I'm at City Lit, on a course that combines drawing, painting, and printmaking ... a recipe for happiness.
We started with a number of quick drawing exercises, using an object of our choice from the all-too-familiar "bits" in the cupboard.
For this one we used a viewfinder and then scribbled in the tone -
Another view, closer up -
A Conversation of Kettles, I drew the kettle twice -
Day Two started with a look at what we'd done the day before, as we laid out our favourite pieces and said a few words about them.
Rich textures were on the menu as Sue paired us up to work on coloured plates with either marks or stencils, with either transparent colour (mixed with extender) or straight out of the tube.
Use of stencils -
Two people each made a plate with all three colours on it - a bit of one of those prints is at the top of the picture -
My own prints went back to the kettles, traced from yesterday's work. I took a quick print to use for cutting out the shapes, and found I'd put too much ink on the plate -
On the left, that print as it came from the press; on the right, the stencils re-used. Some of the colour from the newspaper transfers onto the dampened paper. -
I inked up a plate in yellow and reused the stencils over the print on one of the red prints - here it is ready to go into the press -
Next up (today) - painting. What surprises will Sue have in store for us?
(This post is linked to Off the Wall Friday. Further adventures in the course are here (days 3 and 4) and here (day 5).)