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DIY Drawing Charcoal Holder

bamboo stalk with vine charcoalDIY Drawing Charcoal Holder

Another DIY, do it yourself, project using recycled materials.  Working with charcoal can be a messy affair.  There are times when using a charcoal holder not only keeps your hands cleaner but it can also give you more control.  This charcoal holder can be used with the slim  vine or compressed charcoal.

Materials & Supplies

  • Bamboo: Dried bamboo stalks can be found at decorator and florist shops.
  • Packing wire
  • glue
  • sharpie
  • tape
  • saw
  • vice

Instructions

You will need a bamboo stalk with an opening the diameter of your charcoal.  I was able to use the bamboo from an orchid plant; the bamboo was used to hold up the flower stem.  Make sure your bamboo has nodes as divider segments

charcoal_holder_split_to_nodeFrom the divider node of the bamboo, measure an inch up, toward the top where the charcoal will be, and mark.  The node keeps the bamboo from splitting completely.

Put the bamboo in a vice with the bottom facing up.  The vice will hold the bamboo while you saw.     Make the first cut, saw down the shaft of the bamboo to the 1″ mark.  You can wrap tape around the shaft at the bottom end  to hold bamboo together while you saw down the shaft.  Remove the tape.

charcoal_holder_bindWind the wire around the shaft, not too tight as you will want to slide it up and down.  Make a wire stop to keep the wire from sliding off the bamboo. With the saw, gently score around the shaft of the bamboo, about a third of the way down the shaft from the bottom end.  Apply glue in the score and wrap the wire around the glued scored area and let it dry for a day.

To decorate the charcoal holder, wrap the shaft with yarn.

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School’s out

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Yay, final project turned in. No more classes until August. A full 3 months to enjoy summer. Well almost…

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ART 3B Life Drawing: Continues development of fundamental skills of the representation of the human figure.

Final Project:

“First learn the truth, and then deviate to your heart’s content”, a quote attributed to Mark Twain. Until the last two weeks of class, I’ve been learning the ‘language’ of drawing; how to observe, then render what I see. For my final project I proposed a series of drawings that take the skills I’ve learned and to deviate from the reality of what I see, to drawing the feeling of the pose, the grace and beauty of the figure.

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My instructor often characterized my work as “careful”, and I wanted to abandon the careful lines and marks and create something more loose. Before I even began to draw, I created random marks and splatters on large format paper, 26 x 40 inches. Taking the initial gestural charcoal drawing, I began to add washes of ink and color. I moved away from local color in favor of two colors, warm and cool. Drips, water blooms, and random pastel marks created texture against quiet open white spaces.

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