Friday, February 11, 2011

Final stages

I am now in the final stages of my two pieces. This is when I get very critical and re-visit what has been achieved so far, and try to work out what needs to happen next.

I felt the white dots needed more definition other than the connecting running stitches, so printed some red circles in some of the dots. This was done with the end of a bamboo paintbrush handle which is hollow, hence the very small circles. I then added just a little green in the centres.

It is surprising what can be used for printing and we need to be observant as to what is available. I was about to throw out a used pop-out pill package the other day but it ended up on my work table instead.

Printing with the pill package. I like the irregularies within the grid format. Also printing from a cork, and the bamboo paint brush with some deliberate smudging.

Here I have added some colour to the bottom portion.

I like this quote:
"People who say that it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it"- George Bernard Shaw

Monday, February 7, 2011

High Risk

Taking risks is par for the course as far as I am concerned. One never knows what exactly will happen and yes, there can be disasters but on the whole I think most things are worth a try.

This week I experimented with dropping drips of paint from a height on to paper, then fabric. Getting the consistency of the paint right needed to be sorted first, then the trial on paper, then on to fabric. I tried making the drops initially while standing on a chair then, because I am tall, just holding the dispenser up high and dripping. I like the result on the paper but because the fabric is absorbent it didn't spread quite so much. However, I still liked the result.

Trial on paper.

Then on to previous sampling on fabric.

Then it was a tense moment as I dripped over my two house pieces. Once dry I connected the drops with a tangerine running stitch (yes, more stitching!).