Shells, White on Black

This handmade star book is a project undertaken at my Tuesday evening session. The white on black illustrations are  of broken shells and the internal structure of shells. Spiral patterns are common in nature and I find looking at unusual viewpoints intriuging. The appealing broken peices also address the notion that things (people) perceived as less than visually perfect can be fasinating and beautiful. For the white I started with various pencils… white coloured and pastel pencils in various brands giving varying opacity and Chinagraph giving a dense application. For most images however I used white inks….. Derivan was weak and good for the shadowed ares while the dense white of Magicolor was excellent for highlights. The type of black paper also made a difference as some cheap ones started to release dye into the ink. Overall an interesting exercise.