Melly Testa started a challenge: Create a line drawing in 30 minutes, one per day for 30 days, using a ruling pen, (paint, dye, or ink) on a 5.5 inch square piece of cloth.
I wisely decided to wait until I finished teaching my workshop. I had too many looming deadlines. I still have deadlines, but some of the pressure is off. Plus, I had to order a ruling pen.
Now, armed with my shiny new (cheap) ruling pen, squares of cut bleached muslin, and some weirdly thinned acrylic paint (maybe I need to switch to ink, we'll see), I used painter's tape and set to work.
I have not been drawing for the sake of drawing in quite awhile. This upsets me because I know that drawing opens up so many other things for me.
I have never used a ruling pen before this project. I had to play with it a bit to figure out how to get marks, especially on cloth.
Using my iphone timer, I set out to draw the first thing I laid eyes on: a plastic bottle. Why pick the hardest thing to draw? I guess I'm a masochist. I think drawing clear plastic or drawing/painting a clear anything is very difficult. I wanted to maintain a very small line, one-half inch or less, throughout the drawing. I allowed myself some very small, almost dot-size lines to create the condensation at the top of the bottle neck. I don't think this drawing is excellent, but it was a good exercise to open up my brain.
I encourage you to try it and follow along! Melly is on Day 24 now. Please stop by her blog and take a look at her progression, which is very inspiring. Her blog will inspire you in many other ways, too.
watered-down acrylic textile paint, ruling pen, drawing of water bottle (partially crumpled)