Calligraphy practice:

I recently purchased a few art supplies to get me back into the swing of things after being away for so long. I bought a bamboo drawing ‘pen’ which is used with inks to practice calligraphy. I have been playing around and practicing with it a lot to get the hang of it as it is not that easy. 

These are some random words and phrases however the calligraphy itself is some of the best I’ve managed to do in a while. The picture with the calligraphy in the bubbles is more thought through and are words saying war and strength. I am planning on using this more and more in my work now creating good angles in the calligraphy also an authentic Arabic feel to my work by using ink and old fashioned drawing utensils. 


Lino cuts/prints – work in progress:

I used Lino to create cuts to print from. I decided to create two cuts that would be printed on top of one another, the words read “bravery” and the contradicting term “cowardliness” which will be printed on top of each other however will also mirror each other as one was carved backwards and will there for be printed mirrored. 

This last piece I am planning on carving the hand of Fatima symbol on with the words written in creative calligraphy “strength and bravery” as part of this bravery themed collection of print. All the pieces at linked to lucky objects and I plan on making more to go with this series as I am really enjoying getting back into things and into printing. 

Field project; “Gorillas in the roses” collaging.  

For this project in field we looked at different ways in which collage can be done, and the variety it can take form in from collections to doodles to cutting and pasting and even animation.  

We created collages using old comic books and magazines and anything we could find that we could include into our work. I made some pieces using old boxes as well and manipulated them to become something with no obvious narrative; changing the original purpose of the box. 

These are some of the collages we did as a group. We would each start off with an A5 piece of card and had to either draw paint or stick things down, and then we would pass it onto the next person to build up layers using different/ unique techniques to us. 


This was one of the layers I started for the group project using mixed media; acrylic paints and drawing on top with ink pen. 

This is one piece I did on my own afterwards in the session which used a variety of techniques from sticking down card to build up layers and painting and drawing on top to add texture and depth. I thoroughly enjoyed creating this and found it sort of therapeutic and freeing.