The big outside cat who now comes in has finally broken the cat flap! It was cracked in two yesterday, but with both parts still in place, but today? When we came home from my studio the cat flap was broken with two side pieces twisted away from each other and a pizza wedge shaped piece on the ground outside. The outdoor cat was inside and my female inside cat was staring through the cat flap from the outside! I opened the door and let her in. But how to try and fix this? Glue and wide clear tape. I tried gluing the edges, but I was just making a sticky mess. Next I dabbed glue on the flat surfaces and stuck the clear tape to them like a bandage. Next I slid the wedge shape up between the sides and wrapped another lot of tape and glue around the bottom of the flap. Finally I supported the flap on our toilet roll holder so it’s inside the door and horizontal. Why? Because it’s raining heavily and it would soon be soaking wet if I shut it. The door is also open to keep it out of the rain. I’m relying on the door between the kitchen and the backdoor staying shut to keep the cats in (and out).
My ageing left hand. Monoprint in black acrylic of my right hand, then drew round my left hand on top of that, cut it out, stuck a couple of post it notes on the page underneath and shaded with felt pens, then stuck the hand down and added black ink texture to it.
I have been enjoying some print workshops at college.
We were shown how to create a printing surface by gluing tin foil to a board.
Then you paint it with black acrylic paint or ink.
Use impliments / household objects to make marks on the surface (sponge, pegs, coins, nails, comb etc). Each time you make marks place a sheet of paper on top and rub over with a bunched up pair of socks (stops you ripping the damp paper)
When your prints have dried you can cut them up and collage them. We did self portraits.
I’m doing mark making in my illustration course so I decided to try and make a background (could be a foundation for a shibui image? ) tossed coins, poured and pulled pva and splashed and dragged paint. Will remove the coins then use the surface to work on. I have a feeling I might use it for a cave painting style image.
From two years ago. Turning a drawing into a collage using Christmas wrapping paper, tissue paper and a shiny, metallic party bag.
I layered up the paper using dark urple tissue paper over a pale background to try and give the idea of silhouetted trees. Having stuck the purple colour down I then cut out the metallic paper to simulate the wire mesh fence. When I cut out the tree shape I wanted to give a feeling of the texture of tree bark. Finally I added paper on either side to act as curtains.
This was at an interesting collage workshop with the Orme art group about two years ago. I enjoyed learning a new skill.