Drawing: A bit of nature

Having used alcohol inks to colour some thick textural hand-made paper I decided to use them to make a criss-cross accordion book which I’m doing for my on-line flexible book structures course.  But, as I’m keen to practice my drawing, a bit of decoration was needed first.

OK not great but I wasn’t using any resource material as a visual guide which was a mistake.  I should get used to always having photos or books to work from.  So I got out some books and took ideas from there (as well as previous prints of mine).

Well, that’s an improvement.  What a difference referring to other drawings, photos and stitching guides makes.

I moved to my coloured sheets.

Very heavy-handed.  My first pen didn’t work well on the extremely textural surface so I had to go over it a second time, making it a bit hard-edged.

Much better.  Simple forms and a good outcome.

The best one so far.  These pieces will be folded in four and attached as an accordion, flattening to a rectangular book.

Only 2 more to go before construction.

About Claire B

I'm a passionate printmaker, paper-maker and a poor sketcher (which I'm working to improve). I've stitched from early childhood and am a perpetual student, loving learning and participating in everything creative.
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