Lesson One in Sharon Boggon’s online class about developing and using a Studio Journal, and one of the exercises is Frottage – rubbing over textured stuff with a pencil. For the first page, I just tried it out on various objects and with various grades of pencil – I really didn’t like one patch so rubbed it out with an eraser, and found that I really liked the effect that gave.
So I did a 2nd page – completely covered it with frottage, pressing heavily or lightly to create a swirling pattern (loosely based on the sky from Van Gogh’s painting Starry Night, which is the subject of different exercise Sharon gave us). Then I drew on the tree with an eraser, basing it on Klimt’s Tree of Life.
Wouldn’t this make a great Blackwork piece! I can see the background done in shaded blackwork, leaving the tree design (or any design) blank as negative space. I am in the middle of a couple of other WIPs right now so this idea will just sit percolating on the back burner and one day, I might just start it.