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on: September 25, 2017, 04:58:50 PM
Someone posted about "silverpoint" today on FACEBOOK so I set out to learn about it. Old technique, used before graphite pencils. Amazing - I made ground from zinc white gouache and gum arabic. Painted layer on 140 lb. watercolor paper (vertical) - dried- then painted second layer (horizontal). Used an embossing tool to do a rough sketch. Now I wish I had taken the time to make a nice sketch because I like the "silverpoint" look. Will do this again.

Has anyone else here on PB ever heard of "silverpoint"?  Ever tried it?


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Reply #1 on: September 26, 2017, 07:14:03 AM
Somewhere on this site there was a discussion regarding silverpoint. It would have been a number of years back on the original PB site. It should be around somewhere, will have to see if I can find it.  :detective:

I played about with silverpoint back in my first year of highschool. I failed art that year as I didn't 'quite' follow the teacher's curriculum. Everything had to be done her way, and I was more interested in experimenting with different techniques.  :whistle: I spent the better part of the year painting a very detailed (oriental) tree of life in w/c, on a 12x18 canvas... in pointillism. My brush only had about 4-5 hairs in it! I loved it, drove the teacher mad!  >:D I never took another art class after that year..... until discovering.... Dennis!  :smart:    :yippee:

Anyway, I also was interested in studying the old ways. I don't remember the ground I used, but I do remember catching it as I had only 'slightly' disassembled an old sterling silver broach from one of our ancestors  :nono: , (which, by the by, worked beautifully), and at which point I became more 'grounded' than my picture, and became somewhat discouraged in continuing along that particular vein.  ::)    :2funny:
So began my love affair with graphite.  ;D

Very cool that you discovered silverpoint Mea. I must say I don't think I've ever seen one that dark, but I suppose the available materials are much better than they used to be. I'm going to bookmark this thread.... who knows, perhaps one day I may just have another go at it!

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Reply #2 on: September 26, 2017, 09:57:57 PM
Thanks, Val.  I found the PB SEARCH function at the top left of the page.  Yes, you folks discussed it in passing in 2011 - under ANYTHING ARTY - A DIFFERENT BRUSH.

I find it fascinating and have starting gathering things I could use.  I want to do a small silverpoint sketch for the miniature show, just to have something really different to exhibit.

Will post what I do.

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Reply #3 on: September 27, 2017, 11:39:19 AM
Thanks for informing about this type of art Mea! On the photo, it looks like a drawing with graphite pencils
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Reply #4 on: September 27, 2017, 04:28:48 PM
Good Mea, don't remember if there was any really useful info in the thread, but I'll have to bookmark it as well just in case.....  ;D

I'd love to see what you do if you decide to have a crack at it.  O0    :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #5 on: October 26, 2017, 07:39:03 PM
Ha, ha, Mea. I've never heard of this form of art before either. Really interesting. When i first saw the heading , I thought you would be writing about art for mature folks..... like silverback gorillas.... :2funny:


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Reply #6 on: October 26, 2017, 08:08:44 PM
Linley,

I love your sense of humor!!

Heeheehee

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Reply #7 on: December 20, 2017, 10:00:23 PM
Wanted something special for a friend's birthday card so did a silverpoint sketch of fir (pine? spruce?) trees.
The ground is tinted gesso on watercolor 140lb paper.  All drawing except my name was done with a tiny silver salt spoon.  Sketch is 3" x 4."


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Reply #8 on: December 21, 2017, 12:15:29 PM
Lovely Mea, silverpoint makes everything special.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Reply #9 on: December 21, 2017, 12:55:53 PM
Very nice, another artistic technique . In the last 12 months I have learned so much.


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Reply #10 on: December 28, 2017, 01:54:40 PM
Mea, your silverpoint picture has awoken my interest, too.  I will bookmark it for a later date and share it with my granddaughter.
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Reply #11 on: December 28, 2017, 10:07:11 PM
Thanks, Cath.  I am working on a series of silverpoint, really metalpoint, drawings for an upcoming exhibit.  More on that when I develop the concept a bit more.

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Reply #12 on: December 29, 2017, 11:51:03 AM
 :heeha: Definitely looking forward to that Mea!   :yippee:
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Reply #13 on: January 02, 2018, 03:24:10 PM
I have heard of it before. I like what you are doing with it Mea.  :clap:  :clap:  :clap:


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Reply #14 on: January 20, 2018, 09:32:58 PM
Thanks, Val and Zilpa for the encouragement.  I am moving forward with my plan.

I will enter one of my metalpoint drawings in an exhibit in March.  This one is 9" x 12."

I gessoed a piece of Strathmore 140lb. Mixed Media paper and used a copper penny and copper wire to draw this close up of Diamond Head.  I plan to make a series of COMMON CENTS paintings all drawn with various coins.


I have time for tweaking if you have some suggestions. 

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