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Part 2 Take a deep breath, your on the launch pad, but first play.

Part 2 Take a deep breath, your on the launch pad, but first play.

Part 2 Take a deep breath, you're on the launch pad, but first play.


What kind of marks did you make on your sheet of paper?
Now some suggestions for your next stage -


Collect as many different kinds of paper surfaces you can find,
Newsprint, wall paper (back), blotting paper, tissue, card - break open boxes.
Hand-made paper, wrapping paper, parcel paper, tinted paper as well as good quality
paper, catridge, Saunders, Whatman, Daler Rowney cover papers, Arches acid free
(now there's posh!).

Don't be frightened of Gsm it is simply the weight of the paper 'grams per square meter'. Typing paper is 80, 90, 100. Gsm Heavier weight is 200. 250, 300, 400 Gsm

Mark makers

Different 'mark makers' to collect -
Pencils 8b 7b 6b 5b 4b 3b 2b (or not to be) b hb h 2h 3h 4h 5h 6h 7h 8h 9h
b's are soft h's are hard
For general drawing this is a good kit - 3b 2b hb
Buy a putty rubber, you can mold it to any shape.  This eraser will not bruise or stain the surface, it can also be used to restore books and other surfaces, removing grime and finger marks.  The rubber can be molded into shapes and worked into pencil areas to lighten the tone, shape edges or draw in negative. 

Every kind of pen, ball point, fiber-tipped, water-based,spirit-based
Pointed sticks, cocktail sticks, feather quills, dip pens, fountain pens, markers.

Brushes, sable (posh) squirrel, hog, fine-line and broad, round and square,
even some small decorating brushes (clean of course)


Now you will need inks, water colour, gouache, poster paint, water'proof ink and
soluble pencils.
Remember this is just to show you some possibilities - you only need a few of them
but you will I hope have fun searching through the house in all those forgotten
corners and drawers and boxes!

Now armed with a range of surfaces and mark makers, I want you to continue making all kinds of marks, dots, dashes, grids, spirals, geometric shapes.
Also make wavy lines and then try to draw more in close parallel formations.  Cover whole surfaces with lines! Concentric circles, and other shapes.

Don't stop to judge yourself, just do it - do it - do it, lots and lots ******
You are now on the way to making some exciting things .
As soon as you make a sheet of incredible marks and shapes I am going to show you
how to put them in a frame - straight away so you can put YOUR ART on your wall and
ENJOY what you have done - how's that for progress ?????


Head with forms (above)

This little study made in a diary, demonstrates how you can flow from linear shapes and forms into the use of colour. Firstly you can add colour outside the shape to give it definition, then you can shade over the colour to add tone and texture. The little head study (right) has been worked further to introduce areas of shadow - painting with colour and line-work.

Good luck, remember to try something each day, if you get stuck, make a wild list of subjects.
Choose a subject and just start - let it flow - you can even draw while you are talking to people, on the telephone, in the garden, on the kitchen table, anywhere!

By changing the environment in which you work all kinds of subliminal influences will come through to prevent stereotyping and repetition - you need to be open to change.

Art doesn't portray the visible, it makes visible - Paul Klee



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