Tangling with metal points

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 Spoken done in Sliver, red brass and platinum on Natural Pigments Grounds

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.


How did Rumpus tangle get its name? 
Rick and Maria’s granddaughter asked that the next tile be named Rumpus.

I wonder if she knew the story, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak ?
In this lovely childrens book he writes “let the wild rumpus start.”   Can’t you just see the children running around, in and out of the ribbons in this tile.
Too fun.  A great name.
This story of only 338 words focuses on a young boy named Max who, after dressing in his wolf costume, wreaks such havoc through his household that he is sent to bed without his supper. Max’s bedroom undergoes a mysterious transformation into a jungle environment, and he winds up sailing to an island inhabited by malicious beasts known as the “Wild Things.” After successfully intimidating the creatures, Max is hailed as the king of the Wild Things and enjoys a playful romp with his subjects. However, he starts to feel lonely and decides to return home, to the Wild Things’ dismay. Upon returning to his bedroom, Max discovers a hot supper waiting for him.

Check out Project pack #2 YouTube video for more on the tangle Rumpus and learn to draw this beautiful tangle.
“Sprinkle the orbs around” is Maria’s first comment to get started with the first step. Watch Rumpus unfold from there.
In the next post: the enthatching technique. Have you heard of it? 
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