Monday, March 22, 2010

erasing coloured pencil, presentation reminder, growing new subjects

crocuses in my backyard this morning

A comment left with my last post, leads me to discuss the topic of erasing with cps. Last time, I mentioned that I had made changes to my work by using my electric eraser to erase cp pigment from the surface of my Colourfix paper. I want to be clear that there are other ways to lift pigment. In fact removing pigment is really what cp artists do to correct work because erasing doesn't work. Using a regular eraser and a rubbing motion will only smear the pigment and might possibly damage different types of paper. (the exception is if you only have a bit of pigment applied to the paper and you have used light pressure)

With printmaking paper, I like to use reusable adhesive, sometimes known as mounting putty. I dab the paper with a wad of reusable adhesive and the putty removes the pigment. You can use a kneaded eraser in the same manner. I also like using transparent tape and masking tape. They differ in their degree of tack. Sometimes you want a lot of lifting power and sometimes you want less. As a matter of personal preference, I don't like using my electric eraser on printmaking paper. I find I like the subtle control of tape the best.

When using a sanded pastel paper, such as Colourfix, I like to lift pigment with my electric eraser. It does the job really well and doesn't harm the surface. Having said that, do experiment with any removal techniques on scrap paper. You don't want to eat a hole in your paper or lift up fibers.

If you are interested in my upcoming presentation for the Nepean Fine Art League, please be reminded that it is tomorrow night, Tuesday March 23, 2010.

'Blue Blooded' shall have to wait in the wings while I get ready for the presentation. I also have to get my CPSA submissions ready later in the week. Dealing with my parents' home has started once again as well. I was out of town on the weekend in order to get the house opened up. My husband and brother-in-law installed new toilets while my sister and I sorted more stuff in the kitchen and elsewhere. I return this weekend. It shall be a busy year but hopefully the farm will sell sometime in 2010.

When not in the studio, I have been growing new photo references. (Remember my 'peas in a pod' piece?) :-) Last fall, while sorting stuff at my parents' home, I decided to rescue an old shelving unit from the recycling pile. I hauled the dusty, dirty beast back here and asked my husband if he could transform it into a plant growing thing. With the purchase of some 'plant and aquarium' bulbs and some inexpensive shop light fixtures, I now have a bit of a grow operation in my basement. No marijuana though! Just plant seedlings, around 600 of them. I have planted veggie seeds such as cauliflower, tomato, hot peppers, yellow peppers, squash, etc. as well as some flower seeds. Of course I shall be sowing lots of vegetable seeds directly into the ground but these seedlings will help get things in the garden off to a faster start...some new subject matter for future veggie art I hope...

We had a bit of excitement yesterday when I started a fire in the woodstove and a starling flew out, past my face and into the house. Nothing quite like a soot covered bird flying around, banging into the walls and the ceiling! Thankfully, there was a happy ending, the bird made it out alive and the walls required minimal washing.

Finally, thoughts from some Monday morning musings...While having an early morning coffee, I noticed an ad for a visioning workshop in the artsy publication I was reading. The description of the event mentioned how it was useful to aid people in knowing what they want. Humm... my mind started musing about how this seems to be a first world affliction, this not knowing what you want business. In developing countries people know that they want clean water, adequate housing, food to eat, education for their children. Here, we need to attend workshops to know what we want. Interesting isn't it?


Brenda said...

Thanks on the erasing tips. Erasing is always such a touchy area of art and about the last thing you want to lose a drawing to!

Love the set up for the seedlings. Makes me excited to think about gardening in the warm summer sun. Especially as I watch the last of our snow melt! I have some seeds I got from our Jack in the Pulpit plants that I wanted to try to grow. I better be getting at it.

A seminar to tell yourself what you want...aaah if only it was that easy. Maybe we are spoilt to have so many options (definitely blessed). All these seminars are selling is a 3 hour boost of self motivation to get off ones but and make a choice! Of course maybe that is not a bad thing either once in awhile, but personally I can use the money to buy more art supplies! ;-)

Teresa Mallen said...

Hi Brenda, ooohh, I love Jack in the Pulpit. We have some wild plants in our forest. Good luck with your seeds! Seedlings in the house do have a way of making it feel like summer soon. While a lot of gardeners here push their luck a bit when May arrives, we are still about eight weeks away from our frost free status!

Yes, motivation isn't a bad thing and I agree we sure do have a lot of options. I also like the idea of using the money to buy more art supplies!! :-) Thanks for taking the time to comment Brenda.

Teresa Mallen said...

oops, should read: feel like summer 'sooner'.

Dors said...

Thank you for the erasing tip. Well explained.
Great shelving for the plants. looks awesome .

Marthann's Musings said...

Wonderful and very interesting blog today Teresa. Thanks for all the good colored pencil information.

Your bird story reminds me of when once we looked in our fireplace and there sat a young owl. It was quite exciting getting him out and back outside.

If wish our flowers were up. They are close, but the 8 inches of snow we got Sat. I hope didn't hurt them. Thankfully most of it is gone today.

Again, love your blog

AutumnLeaves said...

I was also wondering about the erasing so that was a wonderful bit of info for me! Thanks Teresa! Loved this post...found me feeling bad for the starling, annoyed at having to wash walls, intrigued by your 'grow' operation (and yes, my thoughts did immediately go to marijuana!), and amazed at your industriousness and cleverness. I am now worn out! LOL

Teresa Mallen said...

Hi Dors, I am just tickled to transform an old metal shelving unit into something so functional. I have looked with longing at the ones sold in the gardening catalouges but I wasn't prepared to shell out 500+ dollars. My home made one is larger, has more shelves and was a fraction of the cost. Yeah! :-)

Hi M.M., thank you for sharing such kind thoughts - always nice to hear! An owl? Wow. Now that would be exciting. Yes, snow this time of year disappears quickly. We have had a few wet flurries this morning and the crocuses are closed up - in disgust no doubt! :-)

Hi A.L., I chuckled at your 'worn out' comment. I assembled all of my seeds and trays in front of the woodstove on Sunday night for my planting session. Sitting on the floor, hunched over the trays for a few hours made my back feel rather worn out as well! LOL

Jennifer Rose said...

glad the bird made it out :) I've had to deal with bats in the house, and they were a nightmare to safely get out of the house (some people wanted to kill them :/)

your going to have the cops show up at your door now after mentioning marijuana now ;)