an artists' view

an artists' view

Friday, 29 May 2015

woad seeds

A friend kindly gave me these woad seeds for xmas. They're very light; like feathers. Planted up; hopefully I'll get some plants come through, and get enough to be able to dye from. Plans for my 'dye-ing garden' are developing! Cross my fingers.

Monday, 25 May 2015

collography print experiments...

I used water-colour paint on this print. Brushed it on; the varnish repelled the water, and left some interesting pointillist marks.
 This was acrylic paint.
This was using textile paint; much thicker, denser colour. Each print has different qualities. I used the same paper for each print. I'm looking now, at printing on top of them, using different colour/s. Maybe the same plate?
Maybe a different one?  
And this is the 'plate' I printed from. On a piece of A4 card, I mixed a printing medium with P.V.A and tried to build up layers and marks, to see how it might be manipulated. To finish up, I varnished over it, and once it was dry, did some prints. My next printing plate is a metal can, with a mix of tile grout, and P.V.A. dripped onto it. I think I'll use the same approach (different paint mediums, on the same paper) to see how that comes out. It's great when mates who are printmakers, give me tips on how to work with materials. Lovely!
No fabric printed yet with this plate; though once the process is underway, ideas flow, as to how I might develop it. 

Sunday, 3 May 2015

honeysuckle and suchlike........

 building honeysuckle into a structure
 using cotton thread dyed from odd leaf bath to tie the honeysuckle
men on bikes.......the Tour de Yorkshire came through Wakefield today
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