Monthly Archives: May 2014

Sketchbook work May 2014

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First up is some charcoal work. I started off by making rubbings of leaves and other surfaces in the garden, then tried making a few quick sketches of the things around me including plants, animals and even the uneven texture of the ground. Unfortunately the charcoal was smudging everywhere and when I sprayed it with hairspray it caused the work on the previous page to show through! Read the rest of this entry

Assignment one

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Assessment Criteria Review

Demonstration of Technical and Visual Skills

I managed to find plenty of different materials and techniques to try for this first part of the course, although finding so many different materials proved to be both time consuming and expensive – even though I feel I’ve barely scratched the surface of all the different materials out there.

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Project 2 Developing your marks: Stage 4 Preparing to create textures

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For this stage I found out some paintings I’d made whilst experimenting with making marks, and a card I’d received for my birthday. I studied the textures that could be seen then went looking through all my bits and bobs for things I felt were similar. I felt the first pink painting seemed like it was oozing down the paper and I made up a small sample to try and recreate the feeling. The second big pink painting reminded me of a flower, like the one shown on a piece of silk, I could see this being made up with many layers of appique, french knots and beads as it looks so lumpy and bumpy. Read the rest of this entry

Project 2 Developing your marks: Stage 6 Using thread and yarns to create textures

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To start off this stage I tried sewing with chunky threads and strips of material on some hessian. I then tried making my own threads, first up was the fabric twine, made following this tutorial, I have to say this was totally addictive – I could make metres and metres of this stuff! Next up I stretched out some thin strips of jersey fabric to make a thick thread. Both these handmade threads have very different textures, the fabric twine is quite rough and firm, whereas the jersey strips are soft and stretchy. Read the rest of this entry

Book review: Drawn to Stitch by Gwen Hedley

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I borrowed the book Drawn to Stitch by Gwen Hedley from the library recently as it seemed to fit in with the things I’ve been experimenting with whilst learning about making marks. The beginning of the book covers many of the areas that I’ve been studying lately, refering to different ways to draw and mark lines and then progresses on to the different background’s you can create to put these markings on.

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