Project Two – Exercise 1: Experimenting

I guess this exercise will be a lot of fun in experimenting around to discover various techniques to describe surface textures of objects. I selected the following textures for me to experiment with:

– Plastic net from packaging,  bamboo mat, sponge, microfiber cloth

– Tools used: Chalk, water, ink, nib pen, acryl paint, sculptural tool, cleaning sponge, toothbrush

I played around quite some time before I came to depicting the object textures. Tried even with oil, turpentine, modelling paste etc.

Stefan513593  - project 2 - exercise 1  - experimenting 1

Stefan513593 – project 2 – exercise 1 – experimenting 1

  • Net: Drawing with chalk on a wet surface felt very smooth. The result feels a bit eerie. On the right one the lines are fading, it creates more depth. The left one seems flatter. However, it also looks a bit solid, not transparent enough? Perhaps in a context with negative space it could feel different.
  • Bamboo mat: Using a sculptural tool on a pasty acryl paint surface (left) feels very much like carving. Using the tool with still wet ink (right) feels rather like stretching a line. Two structures, the left one very solid. The right one has more depth and light shining through with interesting shadow patterns. Also it has a certain irregularity in it what makes it more interesting. On the left one I could experiment further with two colors for more expression – to be figured out.
  • Sponge: Drops with ink and pen on wet surface lets the ink disappear into the surface, the wetter the surface is. It feels like holes finding their own way through the structure. It gives me a kind of seashore feeling, quite alive.
  • Microfiber cloth: Two structures with two different tools (sponge for left and toothbrush for right texture, dapped in ink on dry surface). Creating a regular pattern, spreading out. The outline I added gives more solidity like a rock (too much I feel). To be careful about density, and to use not too much ink on the sponge.

Frottage: I really enjoyed exploring my environment with paper and a big pencil to take traces from surfaces. On some like the rug I was astonished to find new smalls items on it. That reminded me of a crime scene investigation. Some textures seem more like dark markings on lighter surface (cardboard, heater grill, paravent) and some others quite the opposite (plastic bottle, stone tiles).

Stefan513593  - project 2 - exercise 1  - experimenting 2

Stefan513593 – project 2 – exercise 1 – experimenting 2


To work with wet and dry surfaces as well as dry and wet mediums can modulate the markings. Wetter means less clear markings, more unexpected results, more fading into the paper surface. To use other non-traditional drawing tools can result in more surprizing markings. It can be tricky as the texture may get solid or light. I think this experimenting could never end with more ideas to come, therefore I need to be selective. I can see that even new textures can be created. This is not limited to any surface, only some techniques need a rather horizontal surface otherwise the water or medium flows down (though this might be useful for other techniques)

The frottage technique can give me new textures from my environment through capturing them. Although modulating the texture seems not so easy and it is rather limited to thinner paper and pencil or a drawing tool with resistance.

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