Tuesday 18 February 2014


'Adellia' - by Jez
Drawn on mount board
with a Needle and Ink
The idea came to me that it would be quite a challenge to draw a face with a needle, using the eye of the needle as a sort of 'reservoir' for the ink.

Adellia is the result, drawn entirely with the needle, dipped very frequently in the inks.  The white side of the mount board proved to be rather absorbent which gave a slightly fuzzy effect, but I decided that I liked the effect and continued the drawing.

It was a terrible day for photography (isn't it always lately), and the photo came out rather dark.  I managed to delete the area around the head in Photoshop, but when I tried to delete the background to the face and clothes it had a bad effect on the image.

This is the size of needle that I used.  You may be able to see a little of the blue ink on the side of the needle nearest the matchstick.

I considered taping the needle to a stick or pen, but decided that would be cheating, so I held it between my thumb and forefinger - pointed end upwards of course.  It wasn't the easiest way to draw, but the problems of controlling the amount on ink on the needle and using the needle gave a nice free effect. 

I have to say I was quite amazed at the result.  It was well worth getting out of the comfort zone and setting myself an extra challenge.

Are you prepared to try it?  It would be so interesting to see your 'needle-face'.

Linking to 29 FACES FEBRUARY 2014


  1. Wow, that's a lot of work! It turned out great :)

  2. Jez--you amaze me with your inventiveness and how you try out so many different things. I don't think I'd have the patience for this, but I've been thinking about using a chopstick and ink. I really like how this one turned out.

    And THANKS for your wonderful comments on my blog!

  3. Faces are so varied and some fun pieces!

  4. What a cool idea! Like how it turned out.


  5. And I am super amazed that painting with a needle is even possible. I am even more amazed that it turned out quite nice. You go, girl! (watch out for those points of the needles).

  6. omg, can't believe you did all that with that tiny needle! You must have so much patience. I don't think I could ever do that .... The result is great!


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