Assignment one: Say hello

In this assignment I need to make a postcard, which describes myself in some way.

At first I had an idea to make a postcard which looks like a book. It should have been a reminder of the fact that people often are judged by the cover. And this cover should have been quite simple. The cover would contain (as any other cover) a name of an author – mine – and a title “About myself”. The last thing was to decided what should be inside, and it was a hardest part.

 

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Who am I and what can I tell about myself? I was trying to answer for the next few weeks. When I think about it, first things that come to mind are some different details. I love old rock-n-roll, to cook tasty things, beautiful things, to read Salinger, to travel, and many other things. In my previous course in a first assingment  I was to make postcards too. Three of them, actually. It was quite handy, because I was able to make each postcard about some partcular theme. One of them was done as a collage, containing all the things I like. That style should fit well in this assingment too, but I don’t want to repeat myself.

So, after all these thoughts, I realised that I don’t really know who am I yet. I am learning new things about myself all the time, and I don’t have a complete picture yet. And I began to think how to develope this idea into a postcard. At first I wanted to do a postcard puzzle. It would describe the feeling very well. The picture that you know something of, but is yet to be completed. But than I remembered of one interesting technique I wanted to try a long time ago, but stil didn’t. It’s called grattage. Grattage is a surrealist technique in painting in which paint is scraped off the canvas.

 

Few examples of how it looks like. I like it, it’s quite spectacular and unusual.

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And this is the masterpiece.

 

 

The process itself, when the picture is slowly appearing from the darkness perfectly describes the process of learning about yourself.

 

For this technique you make a colorful background first. After that, you cover it either with was or yolk. Than you cover it with ink. When the ink dryes, you can start scracting out the picture.

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It turned out that the ink layer is scratching off much better if you use yolk, not wax. Below are two picture to compare.

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Than I thought that the abscract colorful background can be turned into a girl, drawn with watercolour. In the end it will look like a girl under the cover of darkness, and that’s exactly what I need.

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Final one

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