29 March 2009

Monoprint tutorial

There was a discussion on Textile Challenges about monoprinting and I said I'd write some instructions for those who hadn't done it before so this afternoon I took some photos as I did a couple of samples.

The first photo is of supplies that I used - cheap latex gloves so you don't end up with paint all over your hands, textile paints in blue and white, acrylic paint in permanent rose, textile medium to add to the acrylic paint,sponge brushes (the yellow handled ones where 40p from Wilkinsons, the kind you use for testing paints) and finally a piece of glass to spread the paint on - I bought mine in a 99p store.


1st stage - I mixed some of the acrylic paint with an equal amount of textile medium and brushed it evenly onto the piece of glass.


2nd stage - you can use anything you want that will make a mark in the paint, I used a piece cut from a credit card.


3rd stage - place a piece of fabric on top of the paint and use a brayer to gently roll across the back.


4th stage - gently pull the fabric from the glass and voila you have your first monoprint.

You can leave it like that or add a second layer.

Mix blue and white fabric paint together and make your marks. This time I made marks in different directions through the paint.


I used the same piece as before but placed it so it covered some of the first monoprint so you can see what it looks like with more than one layer.


I hope you find this of help. This is the method I find works for me but as with any new technique experiment until you find what works for you.

27 March 2009

March postcard for Debbie

This months calendar page was chosen by Carol T 'The Earth from the Air' by Yann Arthus Bertrand.

When I first saw this it reminded me of an abstract painting. So after spending most of the month pondering what to do it suddenly came to me why not do a painting.

A while ago I bought a short roll of painting canvas from a pound shop so thought I'd have a go. I cut a piece larger than the postcard size and used some masking tape to stick it to a board to keep it flat. I opened the picture in Photoshop and using a 4" x 6" crop moved it around until I found a suitable part of the original. I draw it on to the canvas and using acrylic paints I think I've managed to get the correct colours.

This is what I came up with. Hope you like it Debbie, it will be in the post on Tuesday.

19 March 2009

Cyber Fyber

I meant to post about this last week but it went out of my head. I got an envelope in the post from the US but couldn't work out who it was from until I opened it and found this.

What a lovely surprise when I turned to the pages.


The postcard I swapped for the Cyber Fyber exhibition in print. It's the first piece of mine to be included in a magazine so to say I was chuffed is an understatement. Thanks for sending it to me Susan.

09 March 2009

New Blog Header

I've had a bit of a spring clean with my blogs. Do you like the new header? I thought I'd better change the wording on this one from 'forty something student' to 'mature student' as I turn 50 on 17th March. When did I get to be so old, I still think I'm 21 in my mind.

New Blog

The week before last I applied for a bursary with OCA so I could do a photography course with them. Well I was lucky and they awarded me nearly all the cost of the course 'The Art of Photography' I'm just waiting for the course material to come.

So that I can keep all my work together and use it as a log I've started a new blog I hope you'll have a look but I'll let you know on here when I post anything on it.