Thursday, 16 September 2021

Another cauldron of eco-dyeing

A section of the dyed paper strips.
Smoke bush and wisteria leaves, hollyhock and Japanese
anemone flowers, plus red onion skin

I cut a full sheet of Bockingford hot pressed watercolour paper into 4 strips lengthwise.  These were sprayed with diluted vinegar before laying out leaves, flowers and onion skin and rolling tightly round two 6" lengths of mountain ash branch. I also added a small piece of calico, bound round a piece of plastic pipe.  Water to cover, plus about a third cup of vinegar, then gently simmered for about an hour.

The paper was successful, but the fabric certainly lacked definition.

Calico, with smoke bush leaves,
Japanese anemones and onion skin

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

More mini doodles

Not all my efforts in this series have been successful or pleasing.  The first two below are rather dull.  I used a base coat of gold acrylic ink for the fuchsia, thinking it would gleam through the subsequent washes of watercolour, but rather it seemed to dull them down.  Adding gouache to try and brighten things up didn't work either.  The hollyhocks were painted in gouache over a watercolour base, with added watercolour pencil, gel pens and Neopastel - definitely lacking the delicacy of the actual flowers. (All in a Moleskine sketchbook)

Gold ink base, with watercolour, gouache
and gel pen (3" x 3")

Watercolour, gouache, watercolour pencil,
gel pens and Neopastel (3" x 3")

Watercolour and fine liner pen (3" x 3")

Monday, 6 September 2021

An embroidery project

Back in 2019 I made a paper fabric case for my mini iPad.  It has been in constant use since then and is definitely showing signs of wear around the edges and corners.  During lockdown I started doing some small embroidery samples and decided to use some of these to make a new case.  This project stalled for a while until I could get out to the shops for some quilt batting for the lining.  Completed at last with a simple wrap-round strap!

Monday, 30 August 2021

Exhibition and another doodle

Watercolour, fine liner and gel pens (3" x 3")

Finally, after two years, our art group is able to hold a "real life" exhibition.

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Monday, 23 August 2021

The mini series continued


Pen and watercolour 3" x 3"
Cobalt Orange, Magenta and Cobalt Turquoise
plus white gel pen

Thursday, 19 August 2021

A small change


3" x 3" in watercolour Moleskine

I tried out Golden high flow and fluid acrylics on this one.  After the subtlety of watercolour, I was a bit overwhelmed by the strength of just a small amount of acrylic.  I went overboard and added a background glaze of gold ink, then decided to try and tone that down with some hatching in watercolour pencil and white Neo-pastel.