Second night as a student, still loving it. This session was all about experimenting with textures. I’m still a bit rusty at this whole student thing so I didn’t take any notes and can’t remember what any of the techniques are called. It’s was basically pressing patterns into the surface, burning texture in and using heat to create different colours. So much fire and red hot metal.
First attempt went a little bit wrong. I think there was too much pressure on the roller so it stretched the metal out and the hessian got a bit too squished in the process.
The second attempt was a bit better but needs a polish. I quite like how it’s got the net print on both sides.
This was a little bit terrifying. The first attempt was a happy accident and I love the results. All the textures and colours are how it’s supposed to look, I think.
The second attempt was interesting. It took 3 tries to get the metal glowing red hot, I then left it too long and things got a bit melty. It did make me wonder if I could make some kind of sculpture kind of thing.
This was another get the metal super hot and hope for the best. You’re probably supposed to be able to tell when that point is but I’m not there yet. The first strip collapsed under the heat. I think I got over my fear of the fire a bit too well. The next two I didn’t get quite hot enough, there shouldn’t be as much black showing for it to be technically right. I kind of love it though.
Next stage is thinking about how these techniques can be applied to finished pieces. So many ideas for things to do!