Wednesday, 1 May 2013


goodness, where have we all been hiding.
I am still working my way through the book.  I did get hung up on making stamps, I have had a lovely time and now that I have a Gelli Plate, I can move on to printing too.....

Monday, 22 August 2011

hello hello

is there anybody there?   Has anyone done any more of the exercises from the book?


Sunday, 8 March 2009

auditioning fabric

I've been adding to the piece I started last year. A lot more mark making. The center fabric is mine, the ones around the edge are commercial. Shiva stripes across the stamped design, gold dots all along the edge of the stripes and black pen on the stamped design.

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Ex-4 patterns

patterns created by selecting an area of this exercise

i could spendthe rest of my life playing with this and the results would be satisfactory no matter what. But i want to move on to the next exercise.

neki desu

Monday, 9 February 2009

Ex. 4- marks

tempera with brush, contè, pencil,pilot pen.

pencils different hardnesses, graphite bar .

india ink pens different nibs.

India ink and chinese calligraphy brush

charcoal stick,bamboo pen and ink.

pressed charcoal

neki desu

Friday, 6 February 2009

Exercise 4 Mark Making

I finally got back to the book yesterday. Visual Exercise 4 has you trying lots of tools to draw. This is a play lesson. The goal is to forget about composition and just explore the possibilities of using marks in quantity. I do like that it encourages you to use tools you have and also tools you didn't think of using. I don't think the pictures loaded in order, but I don't really think that matters. I used an old credit card, brush, stencil brush, calligraphy marker, calligraphy pens with different nibs, the edge of spiral bound notebook paper after it is torn, a Zig pen, a Fantastix tool and a soda pop cap. The one I didn't like too much was the Fantastix tool using Tsukineko ink. I think I like the real calligraphy pen and India ink the best. But the credit card was fun. I did try to be careful, but ink is ink and it is messy. And it's always good to use the credit card for painting instead of spending.

OK, who's next to try this and post? It's really fun and sort of like doodling. I drew 4" squares in my sketch book and filled them in with the techniques instead of using an entire page.

Tuesday, 3 February 2009


watching a video by Bonnie McCaffrey recently I realized that these projects by Larkin Van Horn are extensions of the kinds of exercises we have done.

Anyone here finished anything from the explorations we began last year? As you can see by the last comment posted, our public is waiting for the next chapter...

Or are we done here?