Assign 3.Proj 2 Ex.3.4 Part 2

Ex 3.4 Part 2

Monochromatic study – Black and White


I read the information provided concerning this exercise and saw that patterned papers still fitted within the parameters of the task.  I used a gelli plate and acrylic slow drying paint to form patterns and used mostly thin deli paper to print on.  I also gathered some textured paper I had found in Indonesia and thin rice paper.  I used my previous collage 2 to inspire this collage.  I liked the interest that was created with the textured paper and the patterning.  The photograph shows the black patterning as very dark which was disappointing I think the actual work has more definition especially in the right hand corner.

Single Colour Study

For this collage I painted with acrylic paint pieces of  light paper.  I wanted to create dark , medium and light colours.  I added white to the blue acrylic and then black to the blue acrylic.  I tried to retain the same tonal values as the original collage.


Multi-colour study

For this third version of my chosen collage I decided to explore more pattern making on my gelli plate using a variety of tools.  These included plastic tile tools from the hardware store a hexagon shaped print block.  I collaged the background using light papers and ghost printing from the gelli plate with the aim of forming a more interesting background to continue layering the collage.  I once again used some deli papers and like the translucent effect.  I liked this one because it was more interesting and to me subtle.


New Book – Textile Collage

I received a newly released book in the post on Friday it is “Textile Collage” by Mandy Pattullo (Batsford, 2016).

img_8154The book looks at using collage techniques in textile art.  Mandy talks about materials that can be gathered and she is particularly drawn to old fabrics to their textures and resonance.  Other textile artists work are included and discussed in the book and these include Debbie Lyddon and Anne Smith.  There are chapters on colour, composition, stitching, mixing paper and cloth and finishing off.  I was also attracted to the section on ‘Books’ which includes Quilt Books, Scroll Books Concertina fabric books and Wallets.  I have so much more to read thoroughly but I am very excited by the content and imagery and it has already given me lots of ideas.

Assign3, Proj 2 Ex 3.4

Assign 3 Ex 3.4 Collage Studies

Part 1

This exercise is aimed at working in collage with a focus on colour and composition.

I took a photo of a messy corner of my pantry and using this photograph as a reference I made three collages.

img_8084I  sought my papers collected for collage which I keep in an old suitcase and for Part 1 of the exercise using A4 paper as background I created a ‘simple’colour combination collage of the top section of my pantry shelf.  By simple ,I interpreted it using simple elements .

img_8120 Collage two was created using an ‘unusual’ colour combination.  I took this to mean colours that I would not necessarily use together and may not feel pleased with putting them together.  So I used pink and orange and yellow and a rose colour together.  These are not combinations of colours I would chose in my work.

img_8118The third collage is made using a ‘complex’ combination of colours.  I chose lots of colours and I was tired of the straight line sides of my collage pieces so chose to rip the papers and have uneven edges.  It also represents the second shelf photographed in my pantry. This image represents to me the chaos or disorganisation of my pantry shelf!



Assign 3 Project 2 Ex3.3

Assign3 Exercise 3.3 Watercolour Studies

This exercise aims to help me explore and gain an understanding of opacities of colour through the observation and recording of transparent and semi-transparent objects by extracting colour palettes and proportions of colour.

I gathered together a range of transparent and semi transparent objects and set up a small still life display on a white paper background.  I experimented with different arrangements and objects and glass.  I found I liked the slight colour in the coke glasses.  The Fowler preserving bottles had a faint tinge of green/yellow.


I mixed my watercolour paints and painted stripes of colour on watercolour weight paper to reflect what I saw and the proportions in my composition.  Image below.  The colours have come out darker in the photo than my actual watercolours.

img_8079My second go was to place the coke glasses closer together.

img_8069My watercolour stripes made on watercolour weight paper are presented below reflecting my perceptions of the colours and the proportions.

img_8076This task was interesting because it made me really look at the glass and to look for some hints or actual shades of colour.  It made me see that there are so many different hints of colour in many different glasses.  After I had completed the exercise I continued to look at glass in shops, windows, household items and antique glass.

Sketchbook pages

I have been working in my sketchbooks and am showing a few pages to maintain a visual record of my work. I used an old hotel card to scrap some acrylic paint on some edges of the sketchbook for added interest.

img_8123img_8124Below is an image of idea drawing inspired by patterning on bark cloth in the National Museum in Jakarta the subject of some earlier blogposts.img_8125

Textile Museum Jakarta Indonesia

Textile Museum Jakarta

I visited the Textile Museum in Jakarta.  The textile collection I saw that was open was the Batik collection. It was beautiful.




Inspired by the work I saw in the Museum I went to the antique markets in Jakarta and managed to buy a piece of vintage batik made in Java and that has been hand made in the traditional way.  I liked the pattern and the colours on this piece – the shapes of the flower pattern and the surface patterning.


Exercise 3.2 Translation through Yarn 2

Ex 3.2 Translation through tarn – yarn wrap

For some reason my iPad would not let me post photos of the yarn wrap on the previous blog post so I am doing a separate post.

I examined the colours in the Niccolo Possino painting I had selected and created a yarn wrap to reflect the colours, colour relationships and proportion so colour across the painting. The wrap is shown below. imageI tackled the task by going to my big box of threads and yarns which I have organised into plastic bags of colour families.  I have collected the threads/yarns over the last few years.  I chose the colour that was closest to a particular colour used in the painting working from right to left from the painting and also right to left on the yarn wrap.  I found the exercise interesting and it made you really look at the colours used by the painter and the variations of a colour.

Assignment 3 – Project 1


Exercise 3.1 Gouache Studies

I selected three printed samples containing 4-6 colours and one neutral (beige/cream/grey/white) textile that has an interesting surface.

I worked with gouache paint some I had from a long time ago (hardly used) and I found that my yellow had dried up and my blue was not much better.  I am once again in Indonesia at the present and managed to buy some gouache paints for seven dollars made in China.


My printed samples are presented on white watercolour paper with the corresponding colour chips attached below.

3.1 Sample 1


3.1 Sample 2

IMG_62363.1   Sample 3

IMG_6240PART 2

I selected my printed square and drew my 20cm square and place the fabric in the centre.  I mixed my gouache paints again and tried to match to the sample by extending the design out to the 20cm square size.


This was an interesting exercise – some worked better than others – I found the colour of some changed when dry – paler/chalkier which was disappointing.  On the positive side the exercise has made me think much more about graduations of value with a base colour – adding black to make a deeper shade – adding white as a tint.  Combining colours and adding some black or some white in my efforts to match as closely the colour. I also noted different proportions of colour e.g. sample 2 lots of white on the selected background with pops of colour in the pattern.

Assign 3 Exercise 3.1 PART 3

I selected my neutral sample and placed on a 20cm square of paper.  The fabric sample was bought in the Jakarta Fabric Market – see photograph of stall below:


The market is just the most amazing place to visit – there are all types of fabric – cotton, silk, blends, velvet and trims some very exotic.  There are hundreds of stalls and it is very ‘squeeze’ but the tactileness and colours of the fabrics are alluring.

My neutral fabric with the colours extended into the 20cm square: