Sunday, 8 July 2018

Tetra Pak Collagraph.

 I read online about the use of Tetra Paks in collagraph work, so I decided to try the technique out. You use the inside of the pack, as it has a waterproof lining which can be peeled off easily.  I cut several long thin strips randomly and at various angles and peeled off the silver lining. I then cut out bits of an image from an old roll of embossed wall paper, sticking the vegetation over the cut out strips. For a bit of fun I stamped a commercial stamp of some sea gulls onto light weight cardboard and stuck them in the 'sky' area. Then to add a bit of texture I sprinkled sand randomly across the lower part of the collagraph.
You can see the sand more clearly in this picture as I have coated the whole piece with 2 layers of shellac to seal it which gives the yellow/orange colour. This will sit and dry for a few days, or weeks, before I attempt a print from it.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Horizontal or Vertical?

It suddenly occurred to me that the large motifs on the fabric that are very prominent, are what seems to the eye to be so asymmetrical, but what if I put the whole thing into a horizontal mode. Then the other smaller parts of the design that aren't symmetrical don't jump out as being so. In fact I quite like the difference in the design elements on each side of the central motif. I do prefer the vertical format, but on balance this is perhaps a better way to go.  No need to decide yet however!

Monday, 2 July 2018

More Stitching & Cutting.

The central motif is not symmetrically placed on the background fabric,  and the pattern on the background fabric is not completely symmetrical either, so choosing what to stitch and cut out is slightly problematic. I have located some squares of the pattern that are more or less equidistant from the main design to work on, and if you don't look too closely, they more or less balance out. You might just be able to see a couple of pins marking the next areas that I think need stitching and cutting out.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Gorgeous Galahs!

 I spotted this flock of Galahs on the roadside during my morning walk today. They seemed to be enjoying the fallen Plane tree fruits.
                      This is only part of the flock that I estimated to number about 20 birds.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Adding a Little Bit More.

I've added a bit more to this piece that I posted about a few days ago, can you spot the little patches of 6 squares to the sides of the very central motif? So far so good, but what next I wonder.

Thursday, 28 June 2018


A local unkempt nature strip provided a wealth of weeds going to seed, so I harvested some that looked promising and pressed them good and flat. Later I glued them to a collagraph plate, sealed them with shellac and let them really dry well. You might have seen the result that I posted a couple of days ago. They made quite good printing plates, but this one I decided to paint to really show up the seed heads, which were actually green in real life, but I painted orange to provide more contrast.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Buttercup Etching.

 The next flower chosen by the group for our monthly art work was the buttercup. Up until now all the flowers chosen have been Australian natives, but the person who chose this month's flower had just spent some time in the UK and loved all the bright yellow buttercups. Above is the drawing on acetate ready to be etched at then printed.
          I made 3 different pints from the acetate, the pale one came first, then darker and darker.
                I decided to paint all 3 of the prints, and even now I'm not sure which one I like best.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

From Star to Bag.

 This is what I ended up making from the abandoned patchwork star that I posted a couple of days ago. I added some fabric to the bottom of the bag which I also used for the handles, and I lined it with some pale peachy orange cotton that I also had on hand. The buttons on the handles are for decoration, but also add to the strength of the handles when the bag is used.
I'm not sure if the items made go back to the person who handed in the UFO, or whether the final makers keep the end product. Either way, it will be a useful tote bag for one of us I hope!