HANG YOUR INK.The inking of ‘Bare Bones’.

This post looks at the inking of one of my pieces called ‘Bare bones’ 

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It is a bit larger than A3 and inked onto a piece of nude veg tan leather (around 3mm thickness)

It features ram skulls, with botanical, foliage and horn motifs

Here’s a look at how it was created and the labour intensive process I use to create the work

THE DESIGN SCRIBBLES……

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THE LEATHER PREP….

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– Staining and conditioning the leather. Getting the pattern ono tracing paper

TRANSFERRING THE DESIGN….

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I trace onto the leather as much of the design detail as possible. This is so that the design remains symmetrical. This takes quite a few hours to complete!

STARTING TO INK OUT A FINE OUTLINE….

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– The outline is inked with one needle. At this point it is a very fine line. To get the line as crisp as possible, I may need to go over the line several times!

BUILDING UP THE OUTLINE ….

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ADDING IN THE DESIGN DETAIL….

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– The detail is inked in in stages. I tend to do the right , then the left side. This may need to be inked in several layers, so that the Black is strong and defined

TOOLING THE LEATHER….

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– In order to bring out the lines and create subtle depth in the leather I then tool all the lines with a modeller. Within sections of the design, I raise or depress the shapes and lines. The depressed sections take on a darker colour, you can see this in the bottom section of the design, around the horned shapes

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– Sections of the design are raised above the surface by a technique called repousse. This is mainly seen in the rams skulls.

The whole design can take weeks to complete, due to the level of fine detail…

THE FINISHED DESIGN…..

Below are some shots of the final design. It just needs to be framed in one of our hand made reclaimed wood frames

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‘BARE BONES’ by Punctured Artefact

Overview

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Close up shots

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