We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

From Ashtead to Picadilly!

Last Saturday was the first all-day workshop of the year for the Ashtead Card Making and Card Club, and I lead a session on that bitumen technique (see post of 1 June - Good company, scrummy food, and a dash of bitumen - another perfect recipe! ).

I decided to do a small project to enable me to assist others, but at the same time demonstrate each stage of the technique.

I had been given a really old and dilapidated box which I thought would be suitable to keep my special pens and pencils in, and was perfect for this technique.

First stage is to cover with pieces of plain and embossed card, and die-cuts.  Any objects to hand can be used - though should preferably be flat backed.

The sides of my box are quite shallow, so I used some plasterboard tape (available in any DIY store),    which gives some pleasing texture.

Using acrylic paint, cover with black paint and when dry, diluted brown paint.  Highlight and/or drybrush some areas with metallic paint and a little colour.

Finally, brush on some diluted bitumen (diluted with white spirit), and when nearly dry, wipe off with white spirit.

Ta - da!

Go to the Club's blog and see the other productions.

Must mention my trip to the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition yesterday (on Piccadilly).  Fab show, with 1270 pieces of work on display - always controversial ..... "why was that included!"

Quite an exhausting day, as we walked round it twice - I had 6 favourites, but you are not allowed to take photos -  there were a couple of oils on canvas I loved, a messotint and watercolour, a mixed media one, and a bronze sculpture.  But, my absolute favourite was "Mule on mule" by Tim Lewis - an interactive mixed media construction of a metal mule which (when you turned the handle) drew a pencil drawing of a ... mule.  Fell in love with that one - and very clever too with the construction of the mechanism to draw the mule.

There are always a couple of exhibits in the courtyard, this huge hanging one is "Tsiatsia - searching for connection" by El Anatsui, consisting of aluminum (bottle tops, printing plates, roofing sheets) and copper wire.

Happy creating!

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful box Kay. i love it. I haven't had a chance yet to visit the Summer Exhibition, hopefully I will be able to next week. I can't wait as it's always so interesting and varied. xx