Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Making my own painting materials

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It seemed a good idea to continue drawing from my chosen landscape by using parts of the landscape as my medium. A really great idea from Debbie Lyddon to make a proper paint from the mud seemed an intriguing idea and superior to the rather rough method I used earlier of rubbing the wet mud directly onto the paper or fabrics.

I started off by grinding some dried mud into a fine powder using a smooth pebble.

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Then adding two ingredients to make a solid paint block – a teaspoon of honey and of gum arabic mixing together to make a stiff gunge which set to a solid block.

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Below: marks made with mud paint using feather paint brush with added black wire.

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Below: as above but also with twiggy on the rightwith added black wire.

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Below: stumpy, twiggy and added wire plus paper fragments

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Below: wax, oil crayon, feather paint brush and spikey twig.

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Below: scratched paper surface with mud wash and black wire.

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Below: scratched paper surface with mud wash.

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Below: wax, oil crayon, feather paint brush and spikey twig.

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1 comment:

  1. They look wonderful, I have rubbed mud directly onto work but not tried making it into a paint. I went to a talk by Debbie Lyddon, her experiments with different earth pigments is fascinating.

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