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Abbietaya

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on: May 04, 2019, 01:40:55 AM
I have been reading how some of my favourite artists from the past did things. Like gum arabic to mask area in watercolour . They also used silver to draw until graphite was found. The silver drawings start of pale grey but eventually tarnish to a brown colour, some artist used gold again this would be grey at first. The apprentices of the masters use to write and draw on stone slabs which they had to scrub /sand off to reuse. So , i did some checking and there is a medium for create a surface for silverpoint drawing/writing but as i didn’t have any i decide to use mat/mount board , i used a piece of silver wire from some dangle earrings ( i don’t wear them - not a girlie girl lol) and made a stylus with a piece of dowel. Its slow going you have to have Patience as you have to gradually build up the tone you want. This is my first attempt and i quite enjoyed do it. The area where the lips are the board had some damage which didn’t show until i applied tone.


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Reply #1 on: May 04, 2019, 02:20:45 AM
Liz

You did a good job.  I know how tedious it is to work in this medium.

I worked in what I called "pennypoint" a couple years ago. It was my version of DaVinci's silverpoint.  I used an old copper penny (pre-1982).  I used layers of gesso on mat board.  It takes a lot of layers to be able to go over the drawing enough times to get the dark tones.  Since I used the penny by itself, it was hard on my fingers.  Did a few pieces and gave up on that technique.



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Reply #2 on: May 04, 2019, 01:06:54 PM
Hi mea, yes, it takes patience but the silver wire made into a stylus is easier on the hands. I didn’t add anything to the mat board i found the silver was working without. I have seen a south african lady make a ground for her version of this - she uses silver solder /flux from the general hardware store(the only problem with that is the metal is not pure so might have problems with the drawing later on! For example turning green! ) you can buy silver solder with 4% silver content from jewellers. She creates her ground with heavy body gesso mixed with water to a drip consistency plus medium coarse salt. Once painted on she adds more salt , when dry she use her hand to wipe excess salt off and check coarseness (not sure if oil from the hand would cause trouble here!) she then is ready to draw. She says salt is a good preserver so she isn’t worried about her painting archival. 

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Reply #3 on: May 04, 2019, 04:22:38 PM
Thanks, Liz.  That's interesting information if I decide to do more silverpoint work.

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Reply #4 on: May 05, 2019, 08:11:17 PM
very interesting  O0
Your drawings looks good Abbie and Mea :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:


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Reply #5 on: May 06, 2019, 02:29:55 AM
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Reply #6 on: May 06, 2019, 03:02:25 AM
Here is my second bit of play. I am going to ask my friend if he has any copper audio wire I could pinch, I am wondering if copper or brass might give dark tones.   By the way, I have found out that even though they say silverpoint cannot be erased   I have been able to erase on the mount/mat board
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Reply #7 on: May 06, 2019, 08:18:19 PM
very well done Abbie :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:


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Reply #8 on: May 09, 2019, 06:15:28 PM
Wow! Beautiful job  O0    You really captured the essence of the lion in this.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #9 on: May 21, 2019, 12:01:05 AM
 :thankyou: :smitten: :painting: