Sounding the Inner Landscape
- 5 days
In this workshop, we will begin by investigating the illusive underpinnings in the hidden laws of nature, sacred geometry – exploring these forms and synthesizing the linear with the artistic aspect of pattern and beauty. Step-by-step instructions will be given from which to springboard – pairing graphite and ink with a compass and straight edge.
Music, meditation, sound, and silence will then accompany us as we wend our way through a series of exercises exploring the tempo and voice of our unique story, script, gesture, and mark – developing flow – letting go of the familiar long enough to greet the unexpected. We will explore the distinctive and bold expressions of spontaneous marks using walnut and Sumi inks, invite contrast through colour play, and while we’re at it we will explore and extrapolate your handwriting too.
Selected exercises will be bound into a book structure where further opportunities arise in developing your unique story.
- Most importantly, Bow compass with lead and ruling pen. Many products have these two options as well as a Universal adapter which is nice to use with coloured pencils and various other writing tools.
- Sandpaper Pointer or fine sandpaper
- Either large piece of chipboard about the size of your Arches (to give the point of the compass something to grip) or large cutting matt
- Long ruler if you have it, for tearing paper
- 18” cork backed ruler and any smaller rulers you might have
- 14” triangle
- At least 4 full sheets, Arches Text Wove 26” x 40” (we will be working on the full-size sheets of paper before tearing them down)
- 1 sheet of a cover weight paper such as Arches Black Cover (22” x 30”) or Strathmore. (We’ll be using this for the cover of the book. If you have another colour or cover weight paper you love that size, bring that.)
- Walnut ink (My preference is the walnut crystals. They’re easier to travel with and have a greater range of color saturation.)
- Watercolours or gouache
- Watercolour pencils and/or Prismacolors
- Additionally, consider if you have them – Dr. Martin’s Bleedproof White or Pro White, china markers, or those pearlescent metallic watercolours and white/silver gel pens that look lovely on black paper
- Palette to mix colour, a container for water, paper towels or rags
- Variety of watercolour brushes plus 2” brush (can be foam) Pastels, oil pastels or water-soluble wax pastels
- Paynes grey acrylic paint
- Matte medium
- 3 pencils with leads ranging from soft to hard (e.g. 4H, 2B, 6B)
- A selection of water-soluble graphite pencils —Derwent, Graphitone (Not Inktense)
- Mechanical pencil
- Pencil sharpener
- Kneaded eraser (optional: Tombo Mono Zero eraser)
- Fine point black permanent pen
- Favourite and experimental writing tools (ruling pen, "Cola" pen, Automatic pens and smaller edged and pointed nibs, sticks, feathers or bones, those little squirt bottles with writing tips are really fun...)
- Removable tape (e.g. Scotch Magic Plus Removable Tape)
- Bone folder, awl, needle, and thread for bookbinding Scissors, X-Acto knife
- Large container for water
- Colour shaper, combs or other tools you might have for paste paper
- Optional: lamp for close up work, paper components or ephemera you might want to incorporate with collage with double stick tape, glue stick or PVA for attachment, paper you could use as end ages e.g. Unryu, White Gesso or White Absorbent Ground, Circle/square/ triangle cutters, stamps and stamp pads, whatever tools and supplies that you simply love and adore — the kitchen sink :-)