STAGE 2 - EXPERIMENTING WITH TECHNIQUES
Working again from the mosaic image and drawings.
I created a series of block prints by using an oblong eraser, I cut lines into one side and used both sides - one to create a solid colour and the other to create a pattern. I then created two potato prints - one an oblong and one a swirl. I tried overprinting the swirl design. I then tried painting block shapes and overprinting with a swirl pattern (which I made using a piece of stiff card and some sticky foam).
Masks and Stencils
I made a hexagon shape stamp and printed various shades of blue and green blocks. I then overprinted - using sequin waste as a stencil. Then created a pattern with paint on the end of a cotton bud.
Hand Painting on Fabric
I have never painted on silk before so this was a real experiment. I didn't have any white silk so I used a piece of blue silk from my stash. I wet the silk then used a sponge to apply a yellow colour. I then made shapes with purple ink using a brush. I don't think this was successful and the images just blurred and spread out. I think this would create a very useful coloured background though.
I tried wetting the silk and painting the dye on in stripes, which blurred into each other - I put the piece of fabric on top of the radiator to dry (which was a mistake as the dye pooled on the line of the radiator).
I used the gutta to create hexagon shapes and then just filled in the shapes with various colours of ink. I enjoyed this technique and would definitely use this again and experiment more. I do need to practice using the gutta as some of the lines weren't solid and the ink ran.
I then used one of the drawings from the previous project and tried to reproduce the stained glass image. I think this was much more successful - still needs a lot of practice - the gutta lines again weren't solid - but I like how this has turned out and it is a good start.