A simple fun way to make a Halloween mask or Autumnal crown is to use a
long strip of thick paper sized to fit around the wearer’s head, and
decorate and trim this to your fanciful and fantastical desire!
You can enjoy experimenting with different styles of masks, from superhero to elegant to monstrous, to animal or tribal..
Useful materials: Scissors,
double sided tape, pencil, paint pens such as posca, coloured paper
such as heavy sugar paper, oil pastels or crayons, inks using a brush,
or artbrushes as we used, leaves – carefully choose the colours and
shapes of leaves.
We found inspiration and tips from the website Handmade Charlotte.
We are preparing for a summery day of drawing trees in the countryside outside Glasgow near Lenzie with Margaret Kerr. The day will be on the 2nd of June. It will be nice to be outside and engage with the trees and nature through our senses and with slow contemplative drawings as well as trying out fun ways of working like rubbings and drawing on a large floor piece together 🙂
We will try working from the old visual pictgrams, first curved into shell and bone, for kou (光) and myou (明). Koumyou means radiant light, which combines well with our other character Spring (春)! We will look at the tensho as well as kaisho styles and have some fun with markmaking and listen to some poetry.
Making some marks with fude brushes and fudepen. Beginning sho practice with the brush stopping and flicking, speed of the marks and energy. Kanji characters ten – heavens/ sky and shin or kokoro – heart/ mind.
Using art brushes (filled with ink) and Prockey and Maped pens to experiment on cartridge paper with a graphic design balance of colours and angular shapes. The ink creates a good textural contrast with the less flat more marky pens which helps with variety in the design. We have aimed for some pieces to keep the tones of the colours as similar as possible whilst looking for colour contrast (which can be a bit tricky!), others have tonal as well as colour contrast in them.