Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Pop-up Accordion

This book is a recent acquisition, with instructions on how to make over 30 different folded books and paper structures.

This is my attempt at the pop-up accordion in Chapter 8.  I had done a dummy run on plain paper, but thought it might be interesting to add pattern.  I drew out a single panel, scanned, repeated it, then printed on A3 computer paper, keeping my fingers crossed that my cutting and folding would all line up OK.

Unfolded size approx. 16" x 8"

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Bookbinding and Artists' Books

I have added another section to the Pages sidebar showing some of the handmade books I have produced over the years.  Do have a look.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Valentine's Day

A slightly larger version of the folded strip structure.  I used a lino block I had made some time ago (3.5" square) so I was only able to print 4 images across my strip of A3 paper.  A scrap of black card came in handy for making the triangular box.  Unfortunately, the folds had been creased so well, they didn't spring open as well as my previous attempt.

Lino print with the addition of gel pen and acrylic ink

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Urban sketching

Due to a reasonable fall of snow yesterday, I missed out on our urban sketch meeting in Town.  Bus services were erratic due to "hazardous conditions" and the church we had arranged to visit was at the top of a very steep hill.  The road had been re-opened after yesterday's closure, but the pavements were likely to be treacherous.  So I had to content myself with a chilly walk nearer to home - a manmade lagoon and a small wooded area.  I managed a very quick pencil sketch of a decorative pagoda - built some years ago to complement a nearby large Chinese restaurant.  It is isolated on a small island and, sadly, is falling into disrepair.

A very brief pencil sketch - 4" x 3"

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Folding strip book

Having stumbled across the incredible work of printmaker/paper sculptor Tatania Potts, I couldn't resist trying out this structure.

For my trial run I cut a strip (400 mm x 80 mm) from an A3 sheet of computer paper.  My lino block (50 mm square) was printed diagonally, resulting in five closely spaced images.  A scrap of paste paper was glued to each end to serve as a cover.  

Then, a first for me, trying to video the opening one-handed!

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Clematis progress

Following on from my post on 18th January, I enlarged and printed out my clematis pencil sketches on the computer, cut them up and re-arranged them to fit my final format.  I then used a light box to  to trace my design onto the painted background, using watercolour pencil.

My initial idea was to paint the flowers a deep red and the leaves a blue/green, in keeping with the background colours.  I was using fluid acrylics with glazing medium, gradually darkening the layers as I wasn't sure how it was going to work out.

This definitely wasn't going to plan, so I decided to paint the flowers with white acrylic.  The leaves were also rather dark against the background, these were adjusted with layers of paler greens and yellows. Watercolour pencil was used to add detail to the flower petals.

Clematis - 4.5" x 13"
Acrylic and mixed media

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Avoidance tactics

One of my "go-to" tasks when I don't want to do anything too serious!

An experimental piece on watercolour paper from way back - random washes of watercolour, gesso background print (which is not really visible, but provides a nice texture), then a wash of gold acrylic ink.  The mauve daisy is a collaged lino print on tissue; the foreground daisy, using the same lino cut, is a paper cast.  Add some stems, cut to size, perfect for a birthday card!

Card size 4" x 6"