‘The blob is a mark in which chance plays the dominating part. In the Western seventeenth-century chiaroscuro style tonal density is related to shadow, and one would always expect a tonal blob to be intimately connected with a ‘shadow-hole’ in the surface of the drawing’.
During the second unit I spent some time in the print room with the brief to myself of squashing black etching ink. In fact squashing ink on the Beaver Press and rolling the ink on the Etching press to see what happens.
I folded paper in various ways and placed spots of ink either on flat surfaces or within the creases, squashed or rolled them to produce the examples above…selection shown. They took some weeks to dry but once fully dry I started to draw on them. See portfolio 2 for finished examples.
Rolling the ink produced images with interesting shapes and furry edges whilst the squashed ink produced ‘blobs’ with ripple like surfaces, the latter formed as the two sides of paper were pulled apart. The secondary event of interest was the seepage of the etching ink through the paper to the back to create beautiful shadow like shapes which are particularly interesting to combine with drawing.