October 31, 2012

Reverse Evolution - A Return to Drawing with Berries and Feathers

Several years ago, my monkey alter ego Chuck Darwin produced a prize winning video that explained the technical nuances of digital color management:  The Theory of the Evolution of Color Management.  The primate scoffed at primitive humans that once used berries for ink.

Free Ink - Berries by the Roadside
Well, in this video, I risk Chuck's censure by mashing and using Pokeweed berries to make ink for drawing with a feather. 

I loved the imprecision of using the feather.  Occasionally, a chunk of mashed berry would become lodged inside my quill, leading to thick, explosive lines. 

Nothing like homespun art supplies.  I have stockpiled pine tree sap to use in lieu of glue for an upcoming printmaking project.  Stay tuned! 

P.S. If you find yourself inspired to mash and draw, please keep in mind that the Pokeweed berries are toxic. 
© John Nordell


Paula (PEP) said...

Wonderful just watching this - it really brightened my day.
Paula (PEP)

Margaret Bremner, Artist said...

What a gorgeous color! Too bad it doesn't stay that way. :(
Interesting video, and beautiful phptos of the roadside.

Carole Ohl said...

What a great video. I t really shows the essence of inspiration, Zentangle AND the poke plant. Thank you!

Renee said...

Fantastic video! I love the color of your "ink".

Anonymous said...

This was just so fun, and thank you! Brought me back to my roots... all sorts of things will leave marks!

John Nordell said...

Thanks all for your positive feedback. I am grateful that my creative explorations resonate with others!

Anonymous said...

Great Video John! And love the photo too!
Cheryl C.

Unknown said...


What a wonderful video. It was very inspiring. Thank you.

John Nordell said...

Thank you Cheryl and Judith for the positive feedback. Ah, the mysterious inspirational force of Zentangle!