When I saw this technique, and gave it a go, I was instantly in love with metal point. In June of 2015 Karen Izzie, CZT held a weekend workshop and Beckah Krahula, CZT was teaching. The day is seared in my memory because it had such an impact on me.
We were asked to bring metal objects from home. Using some different grounds Beckah brought, we played the whole day. I have been tangling in metal ever since and have taught several classes using metal point since that.
So what is metal point?
Here is a link to my page about it. Tangle in Silver and Gold
One of my favorite pieces is one done in silver and platinum. Spoken, a favourite tangle, looks amazing.
The tangle strokes are done in silver, the shading in red brass and the background is the platinum. This piece is about 8 months old so it has a nice patina on the silver, the red brass is the brownish shading and weight behind the tangle and the platinum is not visible face on. When held to the sun light, the platinum glints beautifully, the red brass looks golden and the silver shines with blues and greens. I used natural Pigment grounds and added a touch of blue when I mixed up the grounds.
If you are interested in materials or supplies for metal point please contact me. Sgchatelain@gmail.com
We also got to see an amazing book store, a drive to Philli, seeing giant hosts and yes a tattoo. What a treat.
next post: Visiting London to see Metal Point art in person.