I was well out of my comfort zone at last weeks drawing group session - we had to select from packaging to make a collaged drawing - mine, and many of the others too, turned out to be a comment about consumerism. It made me realise that this is not an area of drawing I want to pursue - I had a strong resistance to the task in hand and wanted to leave but I persisted - I sometimes think there is more learning in the things you don't want to do rather than what you love doing! Resistance is coming up for me a lot at the moment - even in doing what I usually love doing. I wonder if this is the winter blues - thank goodness January is over - the weather has been extra miserable this year and I'm hoping we will have more light in February! I've hardly done any walking as it's just been too boggy everywhere.
Although I made lots of collagraphs during my MA I always used plant material and polyfilla so I've been keen to try other methods of making the plates. I used carborundum and tile cement on these small experimental plates - I found it quite difficult to get the effect I wanted. There are so many different ways to use carborundum so I made the plate below last night as a guide for future plates. The next stage will be to use the new methods along with the plant material.
|Carborundum tester plate|
|Mountboard base with first stage of tile cement|
|Plywood base with tile cement and second stage of carborundum|
|Various small experimental plates|
|Print using 6-8 layers of PVA over solid carborundum|