Drawing Paper

Recently at college we started another 2 day project the aim of which was to make a series of drawings that explore the play of light and shape on an abstracted detail of folded paper using a variety of methods and drawing media. To start with we had to fold three long pieces of paper to create three different letters. Then using chosen scale and plot and measure we had to draw our letters.

With the first letter (I decided to use P) we had to show the contrast between the different parts of the letter using the weight of line so the line would be darker where there is a stronger contrast and almost invisible where there is not much contrast.. The second letter (G) was all about shading and so it was my favourite one. In this case however we were allowed to use only shading and no outlines.While I was working on this letter I realized that  blending tool is one of my best friends.It really helped my to create this drawing. The third letter(G again)..or actually only half of it. that I created that day was made of my initials (GS). The interesting point of this technique was that we were not allowed to change the weight of our initials so we had to keep our pencils nice and sharp all the time. The shading that we created had to be made  solely by letters overlapping eachother..and I think I completed this task pretty well!

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London Tube Map-paper cutout

So, this is the very first (except the title page obviously) cutout that I created in my book of cutouts. It’s a London tube map and actually  there is no special reason why I decided it to be my first cutout ..I just though it looked cool! I was going to wait a bit before posting it but I was too impatient so here it is and  I hope you like it!:)                                                                                                                                  Oh, and if anyone was wondering, it’s an A5 sketchbok.

The book of cutouts

The book of cutouts

A while ago I decided to create my own book of cutouts, simply because I really love cutting things out of paper and I though it would be a good idea to have all my cutouts in one place. I also hope that making lots of cutouts for this book will help me to improve the quality of my works and just thinking about it make me feel excited! I already have some ideas for the first few cutouts but they are secret for now and until I will actually make them. I will be posting about them here so look forward to it!:)

Also, if you also like cutouts or just working with paper in general here is a list of artists you might find inspiring just like I did!

Intaglio and relief printing

On our first day back at college after the trip to Aberystwyth we started to learn about relief and intaglio printing. The main difference between these two methods of printing is that with relief printing we need to make sure that ink sits on the surface of the plate we want to print. Whereas with intaglio printing the ink sits below the surface of the plate and the excess ink is wiped away before we print our design on the paper.

Printing methodsBefore we printed the plates that we previously created we had to damp the paper in the first place. Different types of paper require different amount of water but its important to remember that the aim of putting the paper into the water is not to wet it but to soften it.

Some photographs illustrating the process:

Soo..I guess I can’t make printing sound any more exciting than that, since we only just started, but I have to say that making prints can be enjoyable and also very satisfying when you see the effects of the effort you put in to make sure that the print is as neat as possible!

Anyway, shortly I will post the effects of the effort I’ve put in to create my own relief and intaglio prints so look forward to it!!