This week Laura took us through stencils, rubbings, focal points and lots of other things too. It's difficult not to get carried away and resolve each page as you go by filling them up! There are 8 workshops in the course so plenty of space needs to be left to add upcoming ideas to the pages.
A series of pages bringing the blue across for balance. Rubbings and stencils.
A couple of slices of photos had welded themselves to a piece of paper that was a bit pritt-sticky, so I left them and coloured around them before sticking the sheet into the left hand side of my book.
Quink on gesso
At crack of dawn earlier in the week we had this lovely sunrise, which I photographed and stuck into my book. I added washes and colour using acrylics and glazing medium. Not sure I've left enough to do here but will come back to it later I expect to see what can be added/taken away.
This is the photo taken at dawn.
Here's a few pages from the sketchbook that I've put a bit of paint on. I'm about half way through the book but won't bore you with all of it! I'll do a video or two when I finish the course.
I was up at 3 am doing a spot of painting as I'd given up on sleeping and thought I may as well do something productive. The nights can seem long and dark, but yesterday they weren't quiet as I had a fox and an owl to keep me company. Their cries have welded themselves into the pages and created an atmosphere in red and blues.
The long thin pages are proving to be an inspiration not a hindrance - I've no idea what they'll become of course as there are many layers to add on top of these, but can see lots of potential.
This is turning out to be a cracking little course!! I've just watched the second video which is about adding paint to the sketchbook pages.
The explanations are lovely and clear with lots of fab details and examples as well as demonstrations. If you were a beginner, or experienced but wanted to try something new, or just to do something different in lockdown, I'd recommend this. It's a step by step process, so the picture below is not the finished article - it will have very many more layers added I've no doubt! The section on the left was a printed paper I'd stuck into the sketchbook; I then added watery acrylic paints allowing them to flow and drip. The right hand page has been torn to be shorter than the other pages, and I've let the paint run over to give a splash on the underlying page.
Other pages are more vibrant as I ladle on the colour in spades!
I've chosen an existing sketchbook in a format I've not used before. I've always found the shape slightly awkward - A5 landscape - as when the double pages are open they are very long and thin.
Following Laura's 1st video I've made a start on prepping the book with some printed papers from my stash. There's not a huge lot to see at this stage! It's going to be very eclectic.
Having just said that it's not possible to do much creatively at the moment, I am going to try a new sketchbook project being run on DMTV.
I might not be able to do a great deal but it's important to try especially as the next few weeks might otherwise be cheerless!! I will of course post here.
Above: Taking a walk through Warwick.
I have been a little crook lately and haven't been able to do much except mope around feeling sorry for myself! It's impossible to do much for now, but thought I'd just share this lovely photo of Mill Street in Warwick - the castle towers over the houses at the end of this street.
It looks as if we're going to go into lockdown again at the end of this week which is sad, but at least there are some lovely places to walk around in my neck of the woods.
Take care everyone, and stay safe xx
Many years ago I had an idea for some work based on the life of a field throughout the year. I called it the Tip Field because its a small piece of open land next to the Tip and the sewage works. Sounds delightful doesn't it? The other sides are bordered by river and the railway line to Birmingham. It doesn't really have a name and is just known for the footpath that goes through the middle of it.
A larger version done ages ago A1 size on paper - much better than the tiny one above but you can't get the same detail in miniature.
Atc's or artists trading cards are 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches.
I recently made a couple of small books using them as hard covers and wanted to make some more for friends but I need to research how you make a hard covered book with a spine. These are all acrylic - subtraction pears and acrylic pours.
In case you were wondering how you do tiny acrylic pours, you use a tiny disposable shot glass! I found I didn't get many cells this time which was a shame - I think the paint was too thick.
The heavy machine stitch and washes behind these crosses make this feel very much like the textile equivalent of subtractive painting.
Subtractive painting is just taking away paint to show the underneath colours.
I whipped up a quick subtractive pear this morning as there's a lot of gorgeous fruit around to draw and paint as we go into autumn.
A base layer of vibrant pink!
A layer of iridescent bright gold
A very thick layer of Phthalo blue.
I used a palette knife, kitchen towel, paintbrush and cotton buds to draw into the wet paint. I would have liked more of the pink to show through - I obviously put the gold layer on too thickly.
It comes directly from a sketchbook page from the course that I'm on run by Linda and Laura Kemshall (link at top of this posting) and owes much to them, especially Laura's crosses! I don't normally sell quilts much but thought this might be a way of raising a tiny bit for a charity that I know is close to Laura's heart.
110cms x 90cms
Cotton own dyed fabrics, heavy machine stitching, paint.
The sketchbook work on which this is based is from a course I'm doing with Linda and Laura Kemshall, and naturally shares their techniques and some of their ideas!
Without giving too much away, Laura recently used a water soluble wax crayon to add definition to a sketchbook page involving crosses - similar to the ones you see on my page. I've translated this into the fabric techniques you see below, so in fairness I must acknowledge Laura's contribution to the look!!
Of course, there's always the quilting thing!! I have made a few quilts in the series The Quilt As A Canvas, and thought I'd do a quick make based on a recent sketchbook page. There is the possibility of making all the pages I've done so far!
Finding a bit of white cotton from my stash.
Adding to the pile with this bit of screen printed fabric using thickened procion dyes loosely based on the theme of ammonites.
A bit of a quotation from Wendell Berry.
So far, this afternoon's progress.