Saturday, 3 February 2018

Adding White

This week on DMTV we have been learning to add white to sketchbook pages, it really brings them alive.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Watercolour Sketches

I've been using watercolours and waterproof pen to make some shell sketches.

Some of them have tracing paper line drawing overlays.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Rubbings, Ink, Dye and Bleach

I've been experimenting with making rubbings in oil pastel and then washing them with ink or dye. The dyes give fantastic bright colours, much better than standard watercolours. I've then bleached out areas using household bleach.

I've tried the technique on fabric. Hand dyed pieces seem to give good results. Bleach has been applied through stencils and using a shell-shaped sponge.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Fabric and Tissue Papers

In my Embroiders Guild group we have been making fabric papers by layering sheer fabrics, tissue papers, threads and leaves. These are all joined together with watered down PVA. They look best hanging up with the light behind them so you can see all the layers. I took there pictures against a window. They'll be sewn into next.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Rubbings and Water Soluble

I've cut some shell shapes from cereal packets and used them as rubbing plates in my sketchbook. The blue and green examples were rubbed with Inktense and then some of the colour activated with water to make a paint. I like to combine painted and rubbed areas in the one motif. I then cut out the shapes so those on pages behind can be seen.

Above was water-soluble graphite, Inktense and marker pen

The page above is on tracing paper. The page lying below it was washed and covered with cling-wrap whilst wet to give it a nice texture. The shells were rubbed with Inktense on the tracing paper and then parts were activated with water to give more intense colour.

This ammonite was worked in water-soluble graphite.

Friday, 26 January 2018

Shells Screen and Mono Print Overlay

This week DMTV have been combining screen prints and mono prints. I had a go with some shell motifs in my sketchbook. First I printed out some of my photographs and cut them out to make stencils. These were combined with commercial stencils and mono printing like in the previous post

Watercolours were then added to selected areas.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Screen Print and Mono Print Overlay

The latest lesson on Design Matters TV is overlaying screen prints with mono prints. I love the graphic style of these pieces.