Thursday, 9 November 2017

Module 6 Chapter 9

Decorated edges and borders.

I have made a few books in the past and used a variety of edges to decorate the borders.  I quite like doing them and they do make a finish to a book.  Here are some of ideas I use.

These borders are slightly different.  A friend has these plastic rubbing strips and I took some impressions using Markel sticks and they are quite nice.

Lace is very useful for borders.  The piece on the left has been dyed with transfer paints and is attached with two rows of running stitch which can be used on the reverse of the page but they are a bit wide apart for that.  The one on the right has been more carefully attached with small stitches at each end of the opening.  Again, not necessarily suitable on the reverse as the stitches are large on that side but they could have another thread wound through them.  The piece on the right has a fancy thread couched down.  Definitely not suitable on the reverse for showing so I would glue two pages together.  The two rows of running stitch are threaded with another coloured thread to make an attractive pattern. This is useable on the reverse as the two rows match each other.

On the left I have painted a design which decorates one side of the page but leaves the reverse blank.  The right hand side has fabric folded over the edge and stitched down.  This creates an identical edge on the reverse.  On the right I have done a single row of running stitch to show how it just finishes the page and the reverse is identical.  On the right hand side I have torn the edge then added the piece I tore away, reversing it so that it fits in different places.  This is glued to the reverse but is not unsightly so it could be used decoratively. 
Unfortunately I had glued these pieces into my sketchbook before I realised I should have photographed the reverse sides.  I did think not to glue in the areas where I might want to turn it over in the future and look at the other side but I can't hold them back and photograph them.  This was a useful exercise to do, giving me a number of ideas I can look back on at a later date.

Module 6 Chapter 8

Photographs and Photocopies

I'm not really all that keen on using photographs in stitch work, I find it a bit hard edged but I have used it on a couple of occasions.  Working with paper prints is a bit different though, you can work onto a paper background which works in with the photos and copies.

I started by printing off some of my photographs. 

The one on the left is printed on ordinary printer paper and the one on the right is printed on Khadi paper which is quite thick and is a fingers crossed job when it goes through the printer.  It absorbs the colour better and is much brighter than the printer paper.  Also, the sepia effect looks more like an old print on this paper.  I am keeping these two as I may use them in my book.

The top left picture is a cyanotype effect and the top right is daguerreotype of the same photograph as in the bottom right.  The bottom left is a photograph taken elsewhere in the valley and I have isolated an area and enlarged it below.

I used the photograph of the squirrel for a pattern of squares which is brilliant for enlarging a picture.  Saves all that measuring and ruling lines.  The top right is a kaleidoscope pattern of the cow parsley photograph and the ripple effect below is the same photograph.

I then had a play with a few of these.

Here I have cut the cyanotype and the daguerreotype pictures into strips and woven them together.

The background is a sepia photograph and the coloured piece is a different photograph stuck on top. This could be done with lots of different shapes to create different patterns.  I quite like the effect.
Here I took the smaller photograph of the group of cow parsley and cut it into random shaped strips.  I then glued them to the enlarged photograph of the single plant and arranged them like stalks.  I quite liked this one.

Here I had another play with the cow parsley.  Another colour copy of the single plant which I then photocopied in black and white.  I cut the flower off and glued it under the coloured one.  I then took a photocopy of the ripple effect photograph.  I cut a smaller flower from the side of the main one and glued that underneath and then a smaller version of the ripple on top of that creating this stacked image.
Photocopying my photographs uses a lot of ink and I tried to do one onto a transparent sheet but there was too much ink and it wouldn't dry.  I ended up with ink on everything. To make it easier, I took two of my earlier photographs and make a colour copy and a black and white one which I then cut into matchsticks and dropped onto the page.  These were then glued where they landed.

This was done in my sketchbook. I then took two photocopies of this piece of work.
 The first I used here.  I did some hand drawn lettering and used a mixture of photocopies which I then colour washed   in yellow.  I was being lazy not putting the computer on to create some smart lettering so I'm not very happy with this one.

Here I have used the matchstick print to make a border around a copy of a photograph.  The border seems to pick up the fencing and make it stand out more. 
Not sure about this chapter.  I'm still cautious about photographs and especially photocopies but I might use something in my final book.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Module 6 Chapter 7

Mixed Media Layers

I find this interesting to do, something that looks like nothing can easily be changed into something stunning by adding another dimension.  Not that my work is stunning but I have been pleased with some of the pieces I have done.

I started off quite simple.
This is one of my print blocks printed onto a painted background with chunky threads machine stitched on.

Again, a painted background with strips of green tissue paper glued on and then hand stitched into.  The yellow marsh marigolds are actually white fabric flowers I inherited and have painted yellow.

This is a sampler piece.  I own several mediums that I use from time to time and I just wanted to see if I could use any of them in this exercise.  On the left are some cut out flowers printed with music and glued to the background with crackle glaze brushed over.  In the middle is expandaprint which makes a good bark finish when painted and at the right is a painting medium with pumic in it which gives a rough sand effect. I didn't use any in this chapter but I might in my final book.

I'm not very keen on using photographs in textile work, I think they look a bit too perfect and precise but I had a go here and I'm quite pleased with the outcome.  The background is acrylic on wallpaper, the pieces glued on are lutradur which has been painted and some have moulding paste stencils on them.  at the bottom is a strip of dyed scrim and some machine embroidery to hold it and bring the piece together.  

I started this piece with the idea of going across the paper rather than up and down it.  Firstly, nature doesn't really go side to side, it grows up and secondly, I didn't like my choice of papers.  The wallpaper was too heavy beside the cellophane and lokta paper.  So I changed it round and worked top to bottom.

I decided to have another go at adding a picture so I had this lovely one of trees in a forest and I was pleased with the way it covered most of the paper I didn't like but left some bits showing.  I have added leaves from my print block which I have cut out and pasted on and then I have done machine embroidery down each side to bring it all together.

I don't think I can have hand stitched Khadi paper before otherwise I wouldn't have done it here.  It is so difficult to get a needle through, I would have done more on these pieces but my fingers were too sore.  This is fabrics and lace hand stitched to khadi paper with dried leaves glued on.   I have kept the colours neutral with just a bit of added colour in the blue/grey fabric and some of the stitching.  I quite like these two, I think they would have been better on a fabric background that I could have stitched into further.  Even the slightly thinner paper with the embedded petals was not any easier to stitch.
Another enjoyable chapter.  It has given me faith in adding photographs and pictures to work of this type.  

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Module 6 Chapter 6

Print making with foam sheets.

This is my favourite way of making prints.  I like the 'Funky Foam', it is easy to draw on and to cut and I mount it onto card mounts by covering one side of the card with double sided selotape, attach the foam shape to it then sprinkle talc over it to take the sticky off the card background.  These can then be cleaned under the tap if you are careful not to get the back of the card too wet, the selotape acts as a plastic cover on the front.

I started printing in my sketchbook to see how they worked.  I made three print blocks using a three leaf pattern and then two of the partial designs from chapter five.  I also did three blocks from the designs in chapter five using the tree patterns I had made.  This gave me three curved flowing designs and three angular ones.

The top one is a leaf and a tree print and the bottom one is two leaf prints.  All my printing was done with acrylic paint.

The top one is three tree prints in three different colours on lokta paper.  The bottom one is one leaf print on the inside of an envelope.  I have started with one colour and added others without washing the block so that they have blended together.  This photograph is much lighter than the original./

The top one is two tree prints in a single colour on a pre-painted hand made paper that I found in my box.  The lower one is a single leaf print in pale green on a dark green tissue paper.  Not very successful. 

The top one is one leaf print and one tree print on a pre painted piece of wallpaper lining paper.  I like this paper for painting on, it takes colour well and is fairly robust.  I think this print turned out quite well.  The bottom one is one leaf and one tree design printed on tissue paper.  Further designs could be made from this one.

The top one is one leaf and one tree print in metallic colours on a background of copier paper and transfer paint.  The lower one is two tree prints on a paper bag paper.

The top one is a single tree print which has been overprinted and turned upside down all printed in a single colour on a piece of pre painted copier paper.  I really like this one even though it is heavily printed and the actual block is difficult to pick out.  The lower print is a single leaf block in one colour on a page from an old book.  I have done up to three prints from one loading of the block to get the fading effect.

  These last two are in my sketchbook using up left over paint.  The top one is one leaf and one tree print and the bottom one is one leaf and two tree prints.

I did all this printing in one mornings session.  I couldn't do more as I hadn't any more drying room.  I had chosen the papers the day before and it is surprising how long it takes to do the printing even when you have got ready in advance.  I do enjoy doing it as I don't normally do as much when I am designing a piece of work. I really need to get better at that.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Module 6 Chapter 5

Repeat Patterns.

I started this chapter by doing a few drawings of the most obvious pattern in my photographs and that was the wooden bridge.

I then looked at one of my drawings of wild garlic to see if I could get a pattern from there.

I took a section off using part of the flower and part of the adjoining leaf.

Shortly after doing these I went for a walk in the valley and took some more photographs of it in summer finery.  This then gave me a new set of ideas to work with.

This is the boardwalk that runs all down one side of the river.  It is made of wood with non-slip strips attached to it.  I drew the design on a sheet of A4 paper, cut it out and then cut it into various sized strips.  I glued these into my sketchbook in a random order then isolated one section as a pattern.

This section was photocopied several times to give me enough pieces to do the repeat pattern.  I did two versions, one of which I coloured with watercolour pencils.

This design is from the trees in the valley with their reflections in the water creating a triangular pattern.  I then decided to make it look more organic and did the one below.  I photocopied the first piece and cut it up and reorganised the pieces to make the lower pattern which could then be repeated.

After this I looked through my new photographs and found this one which had a 'spray' leaf shape.

This made some nice simple repeat designs.

I then took the shape and cut lots of paper leaves out and placed them on the paper as if they were a clump in the woods.  I painted the backgrounds brown to represent the soil.

I then decided to cut the same shape in autumn colours to look like the dead leaves but when they are placed in this way, they look a lot more like a fire.

I then used the leaf and the boardwalk designs within a grid and although I tried to place the shapes randomly, I still managed to get some repeats quite close to each other.

I photocopied my paper piece and marked up some areas that I thought might make interesting designs.

I drew a simplified version of the box on the left and coloured it in.

 I then traced off a copy of it into my sketchbook and then I traced it onto clear plastic..

This is two versions of the two copies.

This is three copies.

This is five copies

This is seven copies.

An interesting chapter this.  I enjoyed looking for the patterns and drawing and printing them.  The boardwalk designs shows that a very simple beginning can develop into a very complex design.