dark shadows stronger light

By Sue Davie

This paper was made by Jill Elias from recycled mount board, which I purchased at our recent exhibition.

I always gravitate to Jill’s handmade papers and this one was particularly interesting due to the texture, tone and contours.  When Dinah (Primrose Paper Arts President) explained how it was made (pressed to dry onto the rough walls of PPAC) I was fascinated and just had to have it!

The paper reminds me of a rough landscape with a lot of dark shadows yet is very peaceful, so I searched for a quote to match.  Google is great for this and as soon as I stumbled upon this Charles Dickens quote, I knew it was a perfect match for the paper:

“The earth is full of dark shadows but its lights are stronger in the contrast”

I layered the calligraphy using the paper’s spaces and colour as guides; first drawn letters in graphite, then italicised gothic in white gouache, then one line in black sumi ink following the contours of the paper.


Webmaster Note: Stunning piece, highly contrasted textural and smooth sections, excellent use of a severely reduced colour palette creating an extremely strong outcome.  Just love the lettering and fonts used throughout.

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2 Responses to dark shadows stronger light

  1. Mandy says:

    Beautiful response to the paper, Sue


  2. Sue Davie says:



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