By Claire Brach
Our recent Tips & Tricks day was popular, with all the tables in use and everyone keen to experiment with paints, liquid graphite and spray water – and whatever else they had to create patterns on paper. We had a range of stencils, credit cards (no, not for shopping, to make marks, lines and shapes with!), stamps, net bags and the like to press into paints. Diana also introduced us to the ever popular watery-paint technique where we angled paper to form runs and streaks. A fun and messy day.
Led by Diana Brandt, we started by applying paints and forming water droplet marks through several layered colours.
Once she had shown us how it was done we dived in and had a go ourselves and got some pretty good effects.
We moved on to much more watery effects, with Diana using liquid graphite as well as a very, very wet surface with minimum paint.
We took to that like, well … ducks to water!
The gelli plate proved popular, as always, and gave an opportunity to use stamps and stencils. I enjoyed this part, having forgotten how much fun playing with a gelli plate is.
A fun day, with plenty of variation in the pieces. Everyone seemed to find a particular thing they enjoyed most and we all produced many interesting effects.
Click here to visit Diana’s gallery page to see some of her artworks and learn more about her.