Powdered charcoal, inks, gesso, collage on w/c paper, 10 X 11″
An aerial view of the geology of life, Google cams trained on all of us, taking pictures of moments in the lives. . .we live.. .always caught in a particular focal point we call “reality”.
ZOOM out and get the LARGE perspective. You may never be the same again (hopefully).
Last Monday was the warmest day so far this year. A perfect time to play with this technique of powdered charcoal and graphite textures, best done outside.
Start by wetting shapes on the paper (sponging water through stencils is fun!) The wet areas form a kind of resist so that the paper stays white (as in the white grid on the right side above).
Then sprinkle some powdered charcoal on the paper and pour water over it. This causes the charcoal (or graphite, which is more of a silver than black) to move in spontaneous ways. Let it dry. (In the 90+ degree heat this was very fast!) At this point you can erase areas or spray with fixative. Then add acrylic to develop the idea and show off the texture. I like to mix my acrylic inks with gesso to get a more opaque coverage in certain areas.