This week I finally received delivery of a new Rubi stone cutting machine with the help of Highlife Highland, Creative Scotland and XpoNorth who were responsible for awarding me partial funding so that I could explore the properties of my local stone. I have spent a year developing commercial jewellery using Caithness stone which has been very well received locally, and now I want to create more contemporary, experimental work. This is my first few slices of stone from an inland quarry near my parents home.
Today's weather is so bad today, I've been sitting at the kitchen table trying out yet more techniques. I love using ordinary household bleach, watered down to lighten Quink Ink. The line drawing is initially drawn using fine line permanent pen which isn't affected by the bleach. Best to water it down first to give different variations in shades.