SCRATCHES, SMUDGES AND SPLASHES – Making marks with Jette Clover

Course Overview

Marks can be familiar signs such as numbers and letters, and they can be personal symbols or plain doodling. Your signature for example is a mark that  is unique to you. This workshop introduces fun and experimental techniques,which can be applied to both paper and fabric.

We will experiment with drawing, painting, printing, rubbing, scraping and staining. We will explore monoprinting, stenciling and screening with a variety of resists such as paper, fabric, string, glue, wax, gel medium, etc. We will further use gelatin as a base for making a printing plate and use our hands as a press.  Besides paint we will be using tea, coffee, ink and bleach for mark making

Teacher Profile

I was a journalist before I became an artist, and almost all of my art work contains text and lettering. I like words, both because of their graphic quality and because of their ability to convey meaning.

I am inspired by published text in different languages, handwritten letters and the urban communication on city walls – faded signs, tattered posters, flashy advertisements and bold graffiti.

My work is collage constructions, often in monochromatic tones. I combine cotton, linen, silk, cheese cloth and paper to which I apply a variety of surface design techniques and extensive stitching.


Materials List


  • block of water color paper, 200 g, A-3 size
  • couple of old magazines
  • papers that you find interesting – drawings, old letters, music and book pages, shopping lists, tickets, wrapping paper, transparent silk paper, etc.
  • black/white photo copies of text and images you find inspiring
  • ½ meter white cotton
  • small assortment of fabric scraps
  • cheap sponge
  • sheet of sandpaper, fine
  • glue stick
  • masking tape
  • acrylic paint – white, black, yellow, blue, red
  • plate or styrofoam tray for mixing paint
  • brushes and rollers
  • spray bottle for water
  • plastic spoon
  • old credit card
  • brayer (if you have one)
  • bone folder (if you have one)
  • set of (cheap) water colors (if you have it)
  • black marker(s)
  • scissors, thread, embroidery floss, needles
  • disposable gloves

Workshop Terms

While our fibre art workshops are usually held in the gallery's historically significant workshop space, the workshop venue may change according to the needs and wishes of the artist tutor. Likewise, the times of the workshops may vary depending on the type of workshop and its presentation.

Timeless Textiles Gallery will, at its own discretion, where a participant is unable to attend a fibre art workshop, an exchange or credit note will be made available or a refund of the  deposit or payment in accordance with the following Workshop Refund Policy.

Major commitments must be met, and in fairness to all, the policy concerning the refund is:
Cancellations 3 months prior to workshop date - refund 80% fees paid
Cancellations 2 months prior to workshop date- refund 50% fees paid.
Cancellations 1 month prior to workshop date- no refund.


05 - 06 Oct 2018


9:30 am - 4:30 pm