Thanks for all the good feedback. I have chosen Pat and Annie (closed the eyes and pointed at the screen) for the give-away and will be in touch with them. I'll soon be able to tell you who will be in the next d4daisy book - just tying up loose ends.
We were supposed to be having a half term family gathering today but the weather has been so awful that we decided to cancel and reconvene on a future Saturday instead. So Clive and I went to an exhibition based on maps and mapping. It was Clive's idea and he thought it was going to be 'proper' map making but, to my delight, it was mostly textile interpretations of maps. As I hadn't expected to be so absorbed I didn't take the camera so these are just iphone pics.
This is a detail from Wendy Dolan's large piece. Doesn't show up well here but it was a delightful study of Welsh landscape cleverly interspersed with soft fabric maps. Understated but most effective with good changes of scale.
Below is a lovely bag made by Lois Walpole - the basket maker. Made from woven maps it was intricate and classy. She had wonderful paper shoes, also maps but my phone wasn't up to the task.
We had an interesting experience this morning when we were interviewed by the people who installed our solar panels and wood burner for a promotional web video they are making. We have been so pleased with both that it was easy to say yes when they asked us.
The guy making it was really interesting and was here for ages. His main interest was in Workshop on the Web, as he has set up something similar as a forum for women suffering from poly cystic ovary syndrome. His wife is a sufferer and, as she is a dietician, has made great progress in using diet to overcome it. I had a friend with this horrid condition so was very interested.
Find them on www.pcosdietsupport.com They are expecting their second child (this condition affects fertility) so they must be doing something right. Apart from the obvious!
Thursday, 23 May 2013
Many thanks for all the feedback from the last blog. Glad you enjoyed the spiral book making.
I am back from Ireland, where we had the most fantastic time. Everyone was so friendly and very keen and I gave a half day workshop on dissolvables. I am not really geared up to teaching these days but it was a long way to go just for a talk so I did a special for them. Here are some pics from the trip. Hang on in there as I have a give-away at the end of the blog. Going to make you see my ‘holiday photos’ first.
Having arrived early we went to the Ulster Museum and had a nosey round. Some wonderful John Piper paintings - he is a favourite of ours. Then on to the Tropical Ravine in the Botanical Gardens - the photos above don't give any idea of the size of the huge plants or the steep drop to the ravine below. Our thanks to Aylerie for running us around and taking care of our multiple luggage so we could do this.
Then on to Bangor, where we were staying in a cute hotel, full of character. You can tell this by the way they have folded the towels.
The food was excellent and we needed a walk after dinner. Through the clouds came a rectangular rainbow. We have seen a square one before but this was a definite strip. Much brighter in real life than the photo.
Good mosaics on the pier - loved this colourful D Day memorial.
Lots of guillemots around. Don't see many of them where we are so this was a bonus.
I meant to take photos of the class but the time whizzed by and was over before I realised.
I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did.
Let me know and I will give away a copy of the Paper and Beyond CDROM to two lucky people. I have already asked the Facebook gang, so don’t comment here if you have left a message on FB.
The book should be out for Christmas. I shall write a section on paper and metal as I have some new ideas that I want to explore.
I am going to a workshop with Sandra Meech on Saturday - really looking forward to that. It is on using digital prints and I am using my photos from our Scandinavian theme. Lots of printouts to do in preparation, as you can see. I will hopefully be able to show you the finished result soon.
Monday, 13 May 2013
My spiral books are long triangles of firm paper glued to a batten of wood. It is an interesting concept because the inside as well as the outside is on show. Consideration needs to be given to the design and to the means of linking the outer and inner surfaces.
The basic method is very simple. Just cut a long tapering shape from firm paper or card.
I use Bockingford water-colour paper, weight 140 lbs/300 gsm. The diagram shows the
shape I used for the book shown. This was cut from a sheet of paper measuring roughly 56 x 76 cm (22 x 30 in). Don't worry about being too precise. Wavy lines are to be encouraged. Books can, of course, be cut to any size but the angle needs to be as shown for the shape illustrated.
Both the inside and outside surfaces will need to be coloured. Never one to paint on a flat surface when a more interesting one is available, I add texture using a Texture Gel and gesso before painting. These can be found in art shops - Liquitex or Golden brands are very good. In the piece shown below. Blended Fibres Gel was used, together with gesso which had salt sprinkled into it.
You can see below the process of applying the gesso with a palette knife. It is scraped into lines and textures with the flat of the knife. Gesso can be hard to paint if used in its pure white form so I always mix a little black gesso or black acrylic paint with it – see left pic, below. The blended fibres were also applied with a palette knife – see right pic, below. In this case, the fibres were worked around into swirls with the flat of the knife.
As the work was inspired by the Philip Pullman trilogy 'His Dark Materials', I wanted this piece to represent the abyss and the folds of the paper met to form it. This design was, to some extent, worked out beforehand and you can see my texture sketch below, right.
The piece did however take on a life of its own when the folding took place.
Allow the work to dry and then paint with water-colours, inks or acrylics. If you want to achieve a blended effect, use no more than three colours and first wet the surface of the entire piece. Just spray it with water before you paint. If you are using water-colour, you may find that a little acrylic paint is also needed to work into the textured gel area. Finish any further work on the front of the scroll. This could mean working into the textured areas with coloured pencils or soft pastels – see below, left. If the subject is suitable, use metallic waxes or a dry brush of gold, silver or copper acrylic paint.
Painting The Inside
Don't forget the inside. Paint this too with a suitable toning colour or perhaps with walnut ink, tea or coffee. This area of the book could be used to contain messages.
Don't forget that some of the inside will be viewed from the outside. In the book shown below, the inner surface is painted with walnut ink. Strips of lettering with suitable phrases, some hand-written and some using torn strips of computer printed hand-made paper, were attached. The strips were stitched roughly together before the bottom layer was glued to the inside area of the scroll.
Hope you have enjoyed this and will experiment with gesso and texture gels.