Trying Palimpsest

Last Friday a reduced number of members of the Halifax Art Society came together to try for themselves some Palimpsest paintings, remembering what we had learned the previous week.

It was great fun, as we all had looked for previous work, which we could wash, brush and reuse or other suitable pieces of paper.

From today onwards, until further notice, our sessions are cancelled due to Coronavirus COVID-19. However, watch this space as we intend to communicate online.



Last Friday many HAS members once again enjoyed the artist Terry Chipp, who gave a demonstration on the topic ‘Palimpsest’. Many of us didn’t know that ‘Palimpsest’ means ‘writing material used for second time after the original writing has been erased’.

We learned that, for instance, in Venice many doors had been written on before and that monks used to erase much of their work practising hand writing. If you use gesso paint you can write in it, wipe it off and reuse to get the Palimpsest effect. Use a spatula and the edge of cardboard instead of brushes to produce clear lines.


Parliament members join HAS

Nobody from the Halifax Art Society will forget last Friday’s meeting, as we had ‘Wise Owl Bird of Prey Rescue’ from Huddersfield visiting with several of her birds. We learned about their characters and habits and had two hours to do sketches and pictures. The birds were so tame that we could study their magnificent feathers, beaks and claws as close as we dared to come.

On the 6th March Terry Chipp will give a ‘Demonstration Palimpsest’. The term palimpsest is used to denote an object or a piece of art made or worked upon for one purpose and later reused for another.