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Assignment 2: A Reflective Commentary

Again, as with the earlier parts of the course, I’ve enjoyed the challenges set and the discipline in completing exercises which build and develop as the various stages are completed. In project 3 I was particularly happy to finally make … Continue reading

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Project 5 – Review

Do you feel you made a good selection from your drawings to use as source material for your design ideas?  Which interpretations worked best and why? Yes I think I made a good selection to both use and continue to … Continue reading

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Project 5 – Stage 4

A Larger Sample. Here a larger printed sample was the aim using a choice of either a fully developed motif to create a single unit or an extended version of a repeating pattern.  I decided to go with the single … Continue reading

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Project 4 – Stage 3 Supplementary

Back in January when I was working on my designs I speculated what this design would look like extended out and made into an all over swirl. Having now completed my Photoshop course I have taken this piece and repeated … Continue reading

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Project 5 – Silk Painting

Silk painting is optional in the preparation stage of this project and I hadn’t got anything in the way of supplies so I ordered the basics.  When they arrived last week I gave it a go. The sampler here shows … Continue reading

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Project 5 – Supplementary

Colour on Fabric – Marbling. With a view to seeing how coloured paints sit on fabric a friend and I got together to do some fabric marbling for a day.  This was our second attempt and our results improved a … Continue reading

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Project 5 – Stage 3

The requirement here is to experiment and create a dozen or so samples of printing and mark-making using our chosen designs. Left: Rubber backed curtaining (this is the rubber side).  Paint rolled over the background using a cylinder with elastic … Continue reading

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Project 5 – Stage 2

After my experiments preparing for this project I have chosen the materials here as my main source of mark making for Stage 3. I will also incorporate some background techniques using other media which I hope will enhance my surface … Continue reading

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Project 5 – The death of a nail brush ……. or two !!!

The last few days have been spent painting and printing with different media.  Yesterday I played with my oil based Shiva sticks.  Beautiful colours, wonderful effects and good results.  However, when I came to clean up that was another matter … Continue reading

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Project 5 – Stage 1

Reviewing fabrics for painting and printing. The brief is to pick at least a dozen textile surfaces on which to print or paint.  Neutral or plain coloured fabrics have been suggested although we can use other interesting fabrics as we … Continue reading

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Project 5 – Experiments with Printing & Painting – Stage 2 Part B

Preparing for Project 5 – Experimenting with techniques. Here I have started experimenting with some of the rollers, stamps and stencils I made a couple of days ago. On the left I have used a painted linen background with a … Continue reading

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Project 5 – Experiments with Printing & Painting – Stage 2 Part A

Preparing for Project 5 – Experimenting with techniques. Below are some of the items I have been preparing for mark making on cloth.  A few of these I made and used back in Project 1 Stage 2 Exercise 4 where … Continue reading

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Project 4 – Review

Q:  Did you manage to ‘make space move’? A:  Yes I think I did.  I particularly like the piece entitled Increasing confusion.  The squares start off in a neat pile and then begin drifting away and I feel helpless to … Continue reading

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Project 4 – Stage 4

Developing design ideas. I have chosen two of the designs I looked at in Stage 3 to develop further. I’ve already looked at this from various directions so now I am taking some of the parts and redeveloping them into … Continue reading

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Project 4 – Stage 3

Selecting from drawings for developing design ideas. Here I was asked to select at least four drawings, or parts of drawings, and look for an interesting combination of marks and shapes which have the potential for further development. I started … Continue reading

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Project 4 – Stage 2 Exercise 4

Drawing from real objects. I set up my collection of objects, moved them around many a time, and looked at them for a while before deciding what I wanted to try to show in my drawing interpretation. The brief is … Continue reading

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Project 4 – Stage 2 Exercise 3

Using different media to emphasise final design from Exercise 2. Each sample has been done on a watercolour postcard with a pronounced grain (is that called a tooth?). The first  is dry media using Stabilo Softcolor pencils.  The coverage is very approximate … Continue reading

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Project 4 – Stage 2 Exercise 2

Emphasising a point of view in drawing. In my chosen image it is the shapes which most interest me and that is where I have concentrated. I took my simplified design from exercise 1 and inverted the colours on the computer … Continue reading

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Project 4 – Stage 2 Exercise 1

Looking at aspects of a previously selected drawing. My source drawing is to the left. Surface Texture:  I concentrated on the background.  Samples include stippled fabric using a wing needle to produce small holes, paper punched with an awl to give ticker-tape … Continue reading

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Project 4 – Stage 2 Preparation Supplementary

Reverse images. When putting my work away from the last exercise I saw that the Sharpie markers had been fully absorbed by the paper I was working on and I had some brilliant reverse images on the back.  What a … Continue reading

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Project 4 – Stage 2

Preparation – Looking for shapes and drawing I’ve been working on the drawing below on and off for about a week now, as and when the fancy takes me.  I think it’s coming along well and I’m enjoying it.  Whilst I … Continue reading

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Project 4 – Stage 1

Introduction and preparation. This stage is about ‘making space move’.

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Project 3 – Review

Q:  Were you able to mix and match colours accurately? A:  I think I did quite a good job of it.  It took much longer than I thought it would to get some of them right, especially the purples.  They … Continue reading

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Colour Exercises in machining

Whilst this isn’t formally part of Project 3 because I am concentrating on hand stitching during this course I did want to try out some fabric and machined stitch combinations of colour.  So below are a few things I played … Continue reading

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Project 3 – Research Point

This picture shows a long piece of cloth 2.64 metres in length and 56cm wide.  It is heavily patterned at both ends and the photograph shows a portion of both the right and wrong side of the item. Q:  When was … Continue reading

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Project 3 – Stage 6

Exercise 2 – Combining textures & colour effects using pastel colours. Part 1 Here I stuck to my Perle 5 threads, firstly because the pastel colours available in the range is huge and secondly because I love them.  They are easy … Continue reading

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Project 3 – Stage 6

Exercise 1 – Supplementary After mounting the red/blue samples on yellow background from my previous posting onto a white A3 sheet I found that the yellow fabric had reverted to its normal vibrant colour.  After some thought I decided that it … Continue reading

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Project 3 – Stage 6

Exercise 1 – Combining textures and colour effects Within the parameters of what we were to do I decided to take a vibrant yellow fabric as my base and see what effect it had on different red threads I picked … Continue reading

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Project 3 – Stage 5

Coloured stitches. This exercise only gave me the choice of picking two primary colours, so I decided to go with blue and yellow.  My instinct was to choose red and yellow but I persuaded myself to go with blue which I’m … Continue reading

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Project 3 – Stage 4

Exercise 2 – Matching fabric & thread colours to pictures. Colour moods & themes. The picture below has been taken from Australian Geographic magazine, Volume 103, July/Aug 2011, Page 73 and depicts 20-year-old pines at Sunny Corner State Forest, near … Continue reading

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Project 3 – Stage 4

Exercise 1 – Colours expressing words The sample to the left has been done using the words stated within the exercise.  Whilst I think that each colour I’ve painted portrays the word I don’t think they necessarily gel together as … Continue reading

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Project 3 – Stage 3

Exercise 4 – Matching colours to 3D objects I have recently been watching (I use the word ‘watching’ very loosely here – and with the sound off) children’s cartoon TV whilst eating my breakfast.  The reason is so that I … Continue reading

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Project 3 – Stage 3

Exercise 3 – Matching colours to a painting I decided to take a painting by Piers Bateman called Road to Wilcannia as my sample. Seeing as it is the front cover of a catalogue I didn’t want to cut it out to … Continue reading

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Project 3 – Stage 3

Exercise 2 – Matching colours to fabric  Artists Gouache have been used throughout. The greens mixed up really well, quickly and I got the right colour without too much hassle.  The browns were a bit more of a challenge and it … Continue reading

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Project 3 – Stage 3

Exercise 1 – Colour Mixing I started with Matisse cadmium orange acrylic paint.  It was mixed with white, black, paynes grey (blue based) and ultramarine in progressive amounts. The original is Derivan red screen printing ink.  It was mixed with white, … Continue reading

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Project 3 – Stage 2

Exercise 2 Here we were asked to cut out coloured squares and stick smaller neutral grey squares in the centre of each.  Each grey square should look slightly different according to the colour it has been placed on and it’s complimentary. … Continue reading

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Project 3 – Stage 2

Exercise 1 – Supplementary Jane posted a comment on my blog about the previous exercise asking what I thought the colours would look like reversed .  So here are a few samples. Starting from the top left and moving across and … Continue reading

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Project 3 – Stage 2

Exercise 1 – Colour Perception The yellow square in the centre of each of the samples looks very similar at first glance.  However, after standing the sheet up and looking from a distance differences emerge.  On both the red and … Continue reading

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Project 3 – Stage 1

Colour Preparation. Basic colour wheel Over the years I’ve painted the colour wheel several times, from the basic one (left) to the more complicated (below). It still remains a very useful tool that I have  hanging in my workroom for … Continue reading

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