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Module 1 Sketchbook

Assignment 2 Screen Printing: Further sketchbook work

EI P2 Stage 1mFollowing on from my post of 1st May where I started to develop some source material for design ideas I’ve continued working with the collage I did. These orange motifs came from the negative space that resulted from repeating one of the original shapes I took from the fascia of Federation Square. Note: Refer to previous sketchbook work for details.

EI P2 Stage 1m croppedBy layering and overlapping these cutout motifs I created further interesting sharp edged negative-space motifs to develop further.

I photocopied, traced, resized, coloured and moved these shapes around. Some of this was done on Photoshop and some by hand. I now have a comprehensive library of sharp, jagged motifs, some of which sit quite well together to form a more complex design.

EI P2 Stage 1nEI P2 Stage 1pWhilst I’m only posting these photos now, the ideas have been brewing for a while and continue to evolve.

A couple of the shapes I took with me to the Prints Charming screen printing workshop and cut simple templates from paper which were discarded at the end of the day. I also used them to cut away Vilene and print with the Drimarine K dyes.

These couple of pages of work may not look a lot but I’ve got countless paper motifs, in every size, that I’m constantly playing with – overlapping them, arranging them in numerous configurations, spacing them evenly/unevenly, turning them, combining them, discarding them, etc.. However, to photograph every minute of my experimentation may be a little over the top. Continue reading

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Improving my photography

I’ve never been great at photography and now that I need to do so much it seems like the time to improve.  My quest started several weeks ago during my visit to Cockatoo Island.  I’m finding that my new interest … Continue reading

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Orphism

A few days ago a new word floated past my ears, Orphism.  The internet has some wonderful images of this style of art and there is a lot of information on Wikipedia detailing this Movement which was an important stepping … Continue reading

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Sketchbook improvement !!!!

A few short weeks ago I joined a drawing class.  I am very aware that my skills are limited and this is an area where I need to concentrate on improvement. In anticipation (and trepidation) of the first class I … Continue reading

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Project 7 – Theme Book

Sugar Addiction For my theme I have chosen to look at sugar and the love we have of it, in fact the craving we have for it and the increasing amount we consume.  I will be exploring several angles and … Continue reading

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More Gelli Plate Printing

Yesterday I was determined to drag my husband away from his work.  Having our own business is wonderful but the lines between work and home can blur a little and handling some of the admin side of his job spills … Continue reading

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Sports Round-up

I’m just coming down to earth after a brilliant 2 weeks sporting extravaganza in our house. Firstly there was the French tennis grand-slam.  Two weeks of stamina, strength, fierce determination and then heartbreak for those who lost in each round. … Continue reading

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The joy of dogs

This week has been a week of terrible torrential rain and dark days with a sprinkling of sun shining through the grey clouds now and again.  Never mind that, my dogs still wanted their daily trek along the bush trails … Continue reading

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Sketchbook work

Some recent sketchbook work. The piece above was inspired by my new book Glorious Papers by Ruth Issett. Here I was playing with my fine tipped Artline pens so, obviously, there is no subtlety in the colour scheme. I had … Continue reading

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Of Snakes and Wasps

Finally, after weeks of rain, we had some sun yesterday.  The garden was out of control and a couple of hours weeding and trimming were on the agenda – along with a dose of vitamin D for ourselves.  The Council … Continue reading

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Snakes & geckos

I was very disconcerted to go out for a couple of hours during the day and return to find a shed snake skin in my carport which hadn’t been there earlier.  A pretty bold fellow to be wandering about in the … Continue reading

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Sketchbook work

I recently photocopied the front of a bag one of my friends had as I liked both the stitching and the design.  I decided to draw part of the pattern. Unfortunately the photocopier only had a black and white option … Continue reading

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Zentangle

Every month I get a Zentangle e-newsletter from Rick & Maria which gives excellent ideas for doodling.  At a Christmas function last week we were each given a Sharpie permanent marker, instructions on Zentangles and told to draw on the tablecloths.  … Continue reading

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Pastels sketching class

It was very exciting on Friday when I turned up at the studio of local artist Robert (Bob) Wood for an introduction to drawing with pastels and charcoal. Bob had a small portable photo booth set up with a still life … Continue reading

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Sketching with shadows

I’m moving along with my sketching slowly but surely and have graduated to trying things a little more grounded and with shadows. This is my reproduction Etruscan vase that is actually pottery with patterns etched into the surface.  I can … Continue reading

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Sketching

My sketching has been coming along slowly and I’ve been following some of the exercises in one of my books to improve.  I doubt I’ll be posting a lot in this section until I get faster and start on some more … Continue reading

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Hand Study

I decided to start my sketchbook off with a study of my hand and draw it in different styles.  As I did more drawings I started to see more details and increased the shading to reflect this.  I am particularly … Continue reading

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