We make a lot of fires in our fireplace. I cleaned out the ashes a few days after one of our fires and noticed thick charcoal pieces leftover in the rubble. Being the weirdo artist that I am, I grabbed paper and a handful of homemade charcoal, and played with the materials. It kept me busy for a few hours. I forgot how fun it was to experiment with art mediums. I used water, a hammer, tissues for blending, plastic bags.....anything to create an interesting mark on the paper. After I was "finished," I cut my designs into paper strips. Why? Because I felt like weaving! Also, I felt the designs needed a certain 'distortion/destruction' (much like the fire the charcoal came from) and my plain flat paper was not doing the job.
I have two more series of Fireplace drawings, so stay tuned. Have a great Monday,