Materials matter. Time matters. Here’s a smorgasbord of ideas to prompt new thinking about possibilities.
In finger painting, stroke order matters.
(Here’s a related link about how Licia He does watercolors with her AxiDraw.)
Using multiple colors… and achieving new colors by their mixing:
— art for sale (@PhotoPuck) May 8, 2021
Many people like color.
Here are some colored generative charts.
Here are some tips for aligning multiple colors.
How about a chiseled pen.
— TARGZ (@TarGz) July 18, 2021
Even the direction you draw in can make a productive difference.
— @greweb (@greweb) September 23, 2021
There are so many types of ink to explore. Here’s “invisible ink” which only appears under UV.
Going back to the UV plots I did in 2019 with some new ideas. This one is UV Grid Crush. These look fantastic in person and the UV ink is completely hidden in normal lighting. #PlotterTwitter pic.twitter.com/93j0jJJlze
— Paul Rickards (@paulrickards) July 24, 2021
You can also use a dying pen.
Axi + Watercolor can be great.
More generally, think about precise control of a physical process. Hold the pen in one spot, the ink spreads: a function of medium, substrate, and time.
Photograph with plotter on top:
This one was a mistake. It was supposed to be a full grid like the rest, but I forgot to scale the vector to the paper. As a result I got two squares: one on the print and another on the bed holding the paper down. #plottertwitter #axidraw #palladium pic.twitter.com/eSHGlUCLfd
— Emory Dunn (@emorydunn) May 5, 2021
Graph paper with (aligned!) plotter on top:
Did another plot using some of the vintage graph paper that @JFriedhoff got for me!
Didn't mean to spend all day on it, but it was a very fun problem to work with the existing designs on the paper!
— Andy Wallace! (@Andy_Makes) December 26, 2020
— Rev Dan Catt (@revdancatt) April 1, 2021
Clay and Cuneiform:
— Zach Kron (@ZachKron) January 21, 2020
Indenting or incising can also be used to make “negative” marks on paper, like these whiskers:
You can plow powdered glass… and then fuse it in an oven.
— C. A. Merriman (@craig_merriman) October 16, 2020
Projection through sand on an overhead projector:
Rafael Lozano Hemmer places fine sand to create portraits:
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Axi with a Pantograph and physical random forces:
— daniel feles (@dfeles) February 2, 2020
Here’s some advanced controlled chaos — ink + air:
— Joseph Wilk d[-_-]b (@josephwilk) October 16, 2020
This bristle bot plotter will take a little explanation:
bristle bot plotter? pic.twitter.com/r2wFzEC3cQ
— fruit goes beep (@scanlime) March 1, 2021
Planting seeds with a rover… doing a timelapse….
Benedikt Gross — drawing with a GPS bulldozer
Bonus, time permitting: A documentary on the art of paper marbling: