We studied sacred geometry and used a compass to start the bottom layer ( structure) in the background working on a full sized sheet of arches textwove. After the pencil compass lines were finished, the large sheet was torn into pages to work on, so the compass structures were "cut up" on more than one page.
This one is using a compass with the folded pen attachment. I think it has an oriental feel.
On one part we used different pencils and handwriting, some with the non-dominant hand, and some fast gestural writing. Then added watercolor etc to finish.
We usually worked in threes. She said it works well that way.
More experimenting- I did the sumi ink circles with some gesso underneath. Worked on some that weren't my favorites to experiment on.
You can see the compass line base on this one. Then we constructed a case for the many pages that we will be finishing and experimenting on. This was a wonderful class and we all had such unique works -more photos are on Facebook. I hope to complete all of mine!
I finished up the top two collages over the summer and they will be part of a show with the Midwest Collage Society in the Kavanagh Gallery in at the Fine Line in St. Charles, IL The opening reception is Sat September 12th, 1:00 -4:00.
We worked with large brushes- usually 1/2 inch and some with smaller 1/4 inch brushes if we had them. Eliza taught the uncial and then the black letter and fraktur styles. We worked on paper and then some on fabric which was really fun.
Some of Eliza's exemplars are below.
My work on pen -actually brush- manipulation drawing bamboo- love how the dry brush looks.
We lettered on fabric! That's so fun and it's almost easier to get the letter forms successful!
Above were the softer Fraktur letters from Eliza's demo which are similar to black letter but rounder.
This is her hearth banner in that style
Our sketch class visited this home with its expansive gardens, flagstone paths, waterfall, and many acres in Lemont. Such an expansive garden area it's hard to capture in pictures. The sun wasn't out but at least the gnats blew away and it wasn't so hot- even cool when we had our lunch and critique.