But its a great technique to save for a sunny day so you can benefit from that extra sunny feel-good factor.
- some paper (fairly stiff if you're taking it on location) or a small sketchbook (maybe one of the pamphlet books from week one). I took a strip of stiff cartridge paper folded into a concertina
- a pen which draws easily – ie has free-flowing ink (eg a fineliner or a marker). Waterproof ink is good
- Leaves, flowers, twigs or anything with an interesting shape – its shadow wants to be more than just an amorphous blob!
- Something white and waxy eg a white wax crayon, or oil pastel or a piece of white candle (sharpened a bit with a knife if necessary)
- Waterbased paint – eg watercolour, Koh-i-noor, watered down inks, food colouring if that’s all you have in the cupboard
- A large soft paintbrush, or foam brush
- A small piece of charcoal or a soft pastel or some chalk
- Small pieces of scrap paper
- An ink pad – black or any colour
As I said earlier, this part of the exercise can be done indoors or out 'in the field'. Just adapt the instructions to suit and enjoy the experience!
Now you might consider that a finished drawing, but there is much more we can do. If you have worked along with me so far and gone for the spring leaves theme it's now time to add the next layer.
1. Cut or tear a stencil (leaf shaped in my case) from a piece of scrap paper.
2. Crush some charcoal, pastel or chalk on a piece of scrap paper so you have a fine powder - you only need a tiny bit.
1. Take a firm veiny leaf – new growth leaves aren’t really tough enough for this, being soft and juicy, but older leaves work well. I’m working with the ceanothus in my garden. Ivy or another small leathery leaf would also work well.
If you don't have an ink pad you can make a temporary one with a pad of kitchen paper and some ink (it does use quite a lot of ink mind) or experiment with liquid paint.
The scrap paper that you covered the leaves with to protect your fingers when you inked them is great for collage. Cut or tear roughly round, glue to the page, draw some veins in...
There's a variation on this shadow drawing technique which is a really good illustration of how fast we are whizzing through space (or actually how fast we are rotating). Here's what to do:
We really hope you enjoyed this little creative break and hope it gave you a reason to get outside in the sun and lose yourself for an hour or two.
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Terry & Hazel
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