Carving the Light - How to De-focus the Negative
Here's the stuff. A fine coat of clay is applied to thin cardboard, and then India ink is layered on top of that. The artist uses a stylus to scrape away the ink and reveal the clay underneath, which is usually white. I had a tiny artistic tantrum after I accidentally bought a sheaf of rainbow-coloured scratchboard, but I own my mistake. I did it to myself by not reading carefully. I can use the rainbow to practice without wasting the good black and white board; it's been a while since I worked in this medium.
forget your perfect offering
there is a crack, a crack, in everything
that's how the light gets in.
Over the past couple of days, my brain has been offering other designs suitable for scratchboard format. I literally dreamed one of them three times before I woke up and attempted to replicate the vision with a Ball jar captured by cell-phone in the dark - my brain is adamant that this has to happen, so it will. The Ball jar currently houses sunflowers that are meant for another acrylic paint project. I'll try to keep you posted.
Leonard Cohen - Anthem
There are a lot of versions of the quote about light getting in, but this one is verified, and it's Leonard Cohen. Carry on.
Kintsugi - The Art of Precious Scars
Learn about this fascinating Japanese ceramic tradition. I once wrote a haiku equating tattoos with Kintsukuroi, but I'll be damned if I can find or replicate it. I've tried the process and mended a mug handle, but the former husband broke it again.
|What I ordered
|What I'd wanted.