Continuing with the 30 Day Get Your Art On Challenge, I have been experimenting with a technique taken from Cas Holmes’ excellent book “The Found Object in Textile Art“. The technique is a DIY-style way of making paper something like Japanese momigami paper. After oiling your hands, you crumple and stretch paper for several minutes until you arrive at a fabric-like piece of textured paper. I tried with some brown wrapping paper, a paper napkin and a magazine page and was pretty pleased with results. Here’s a little rock friend holding the papers down for me:
I have also been continuing with the exercises in Dodson’s Keys to Drawing. This exercise was to first draw a pepper from memory, and then to draw one from life. As you can see, there was quite a marked difference between my “remembered” pepper and a real one!