Monday, January 16, 2012
The Whole Arm Movement Flourish
I sat down this morning with pen and paper and worked on two European style offhand flourishes. The flourishing here is done with strokes that are thrown away from the body, much like the 18th Century practice of "striking". There is no finger movement used in these flourishes. The shoulder does the work with the pen held lightly in the fingers. I use a straight holder rather than an oblique for these strokes. Lots of fun to play with. I broke away from my favourite coloured pencils and tried the Prismacolor coloured pencils on the Fantasia piece. They are very waxy to use and prohibit ink lines being added on top but the colours are vibrant.