" Now", quote from  E. Tolle . Dripped acrylic paint and contrasting text using gouache paint .

” Now”, quote from E. Tolle . Dripped acrylic paint and contrasting text using gouache paint .

 

“Splashes, wisps and fragments” is the title of a group exhibition organised by EFO artists. I have a number of pieces on show which grew out of my experimentation at V&A with dripped acrylic letters on canvas and board.

This Jackson Pollock style lettering requires a good understanding of the media you are using to create exactly  the effect you want  and calls on internalised movement and muscle memory  to create the forms. This gives the letters a controlled freedom.

I was interested to see that this Jackson Pollock style technique was being explored enthusiastically by students at the CLAS festival of calligraphy  in Malvern this Summer. Tutor Massimo Pollelo gave his class  gloss paint  to drip letters and contrasted this with  formal brush lettering to make striking page designs.

What a great week that was. I taught two workshops . The first was all about designing drawn alphabets using (sometimes very quirky) lettering on objects at V&A for inspiration. A tough call, but everyone rose to the challenge and each participant produced  well resolved and distinctive forms.  My second session explored  modern gilding techniques and materials. By the end of the workshop they too had produced some individual pieces with confidence. Here is a small selection of the fantastically varied letter designs.

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