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Celestial Calligraffiti With Diamine Inks, Bleach And Metals

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#1 NickiStew

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 17:18

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Calligraffiti is about abstracting calligraphy, type and graffiti with traditional precision and modern unbridled self-expression. Working with adults and sixth form students from Medway (non of whom have had any type or calligraphy experience) we have tried to push the boundaries of calligraffiti a little further. Taking inspiration from angelic names and ethereal words we have explored the possibilities of abstracting both the traditional tools and ink mediums in a ground breaking workshop utilising custom made pens and brushes with 10 Diamine inks (Oxblood, Sunshine Yellow, Denim, Apple Glory, Teal, Scarlet, Turquoise, Hope Pink, Majestic Purple and Jade Green), Quink black ink, bleach and Schmincke metal dusts – copper, silver and gold.

 

Feedback comments included:
‘This is totally new’
‘I never knew there so many colours available in fountain pen inks’
‘The bleach and metallic effects are just awesome!’
‘Could do with a longer day’
‘Why don’t we do anything like this at school?’

 

Of particular interest to me, a couple of the sixth formers spoke candidly about their school situations. Sadly, it would appear that many schools will no longer tolerate artistic exploration. The schools are so tightly geared towards their ‘stats’ that they can’t afford to risk their numbers dropping with unknown quantities. But to have a generation of able students leaving school with all the intellectual gear but no idea and a fear of making mistakes, I find very troubling. Surely, we can only learn through pushing the envelope and making mistakes? This allows us to make decisions and make the right call when it counts? Your thoughts on this are most welcome.

 

Cost wise it was another value for money workshop with yet another 100% satisfaction score on the evaluation! My sincere thanks to Rochester Cathedral for letting me run wild (again). A fair amount of the selected work, which looks stunning, will be exhibited in the Cathedral Crypt throughout April 2017 and possibly beyond. If your school, college or organisation is interested in engaging in a thought provoking and testing creative workshop(s) utilising fountain pen inks, please get in touch. The processes are fast, totally unique and visually stunning. But the key thing here is – the students leave inspired!

 

And here is a taster of the work. Once again, and I can’t emphasise this enough, fountain pen inks are NOT just for writing AND look what you can get from so little. No wonder the students want more! Enjoy:

 

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 18:03

AWESOME... AWESOME... JUST FRICKING-TASTIC!!!!!!

 

 

I love how you "push" ink to unsuspecting artists out there..  ;)

 

 

I definitely going straight home and fashioned myself a "hand-brush" like yours....  Is totally BRILLIANT!!!...  :lol:  :lol:

 

 

 

Thanks so much Nick, for sharing with us ...

 

 

 

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 18:04

You do beautiful work.  


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Posted 27 March 2017 - 18:13

As usual, I'm in complete awe (and envy) of your talent and creativity....

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 18:49

I definitely going straight home and fashioned myself a "hand-brush" like yours....  Is totally BRILLIANT!!!...  :lol:  :lol:


Ditto! :)

Beautiful work!

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 07:38

AWESOME... AWESOME... JUST FRICKING-TASTIC!!!!!!

 

 

I love how you "push" ink to unsuspecting artists out there..  ;)

 

 

I definitely going straight home and fashioned myself a "hand-brush" like yours....  Is totally BRILLIANT!!!...  :lol:  :lol:

 

 

 

Thanks so much Nick, for sharing with us ...

 

 

 

C. 

 

Thanks Claudia. Apart from one piece, the work is not mine - it's all done by my students and I'm delighted that it's getting lots of positive feedback. Although the workshop is extreme, is does have a real purpose - it tracks back to the heart of visual communication - type and image. These are the two key ingredients that we as humans use to communicate. There currently is a massive interest in type and lettering. But sadly, many people don't get involved because they feel that they don't have the skills and don't want to embarrass themselves. I admit that hand lettering is a hard skill to master but what I'm doing here is starting back to front, with the experimental bit first. It doesn't matter that the lettering skills are not perfect because the final outcomes still look great - a lot of that is down to the creative properties of the inks. BUT if they have enjoyed it and like what they see, they may take heart and get inspired, and those lettering skills can be learned and polished in time. The dolly's arm was a bit of fun and gets the students curiosity. The fourth brush from the left is made of dolly's hair! Just saying. N


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