Experimenting with found materials

Drawing on hard ground_ Flora Malpas

My first day as an AA2A Artist in Residence was spent experimenting with using found natural objects as drawing materials.

I'd brought with me a selection of objects including: two feathers, an acorn shell, a washed up bone from the River Thames, a twig and some sea glass.

Once I'd filed my three zinc plates, degreased them and prepared two with a soft ground and one with a hard ground, I began to use the items to make marks on the plate surface.

The soft ground was ideal for impressing the feathers to create multiple overlapping marks, whilst the sea glass proved a useful tool for drawing into the hard ground.

My aim was to use the irregularity of the objects to decrease my control on the marks made and increase their ambiguity.

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