Saturday, 14 January 2012

Chapter 6 Patterning of fabrics using cold water dye and fabric paints

I started by collecting samples of black and white cotton fabrics. The module asks that we use abstract prints and I enjoyed putting together the samples and love the effects of the  juxtaposed patterns.

ch 6 fabric b7w

In this chapter I’ve learned the Shibori technique which although I’ve admired have never actually tried.

The module takes us through the Tie and Dye, Tritik Shibori and Arashi Shibori techniques


This photo shows various stages and methods of Shibori

Tie and Dye

I’ve added comments to each sample and  detailed every stage on the working sheet which can be found after the samples.

For these samples I’ve folded the fabric and secured the folds with such things as a bulldog clip, clothes pegs, string, thread, rubber band

ch 6 2

ch 6 3

ch 6 4

ch 6 5

ch 66

ch 6 7

ch 6 8

ch 6 EB before ironing

I’ve decided to add this – a sample before ironing – I really loved the effects of the folds

Tritik Shibori

I have stitched and gathered the fabric pieces either by hand or on the sewing machine in the following samples and then painted on the cold water dye. I enjoyed the different effects when  the samples were dry,  unravelled and ironed. Please see the working sheet for more detail.

ch 6 1

ch 6 9

ch 6 10

ch 6 11

Arashi Shibori

ch 6 12


I’ve used some of the tools as for the monoprinting on paper i.e. corrugated card, polystyrene, cotton wool bud

ch 6 13ch 6 14

ch 6 15

ch 6 16

ch 6 x

No label for this – this is done with corrugated card

ch 6 wsch 6 ws cont

Working sheets

Chapter 5 Make patterned papers

I’ve made a series of patterned papers using  printing ink [Daler Block Printing Colour] and bleach used with Quink Ink. These were applied with various ‘tools or applicators'’ for printing  including strips of cardboard, corrugated cardboard, cotton bud, polystyrene,  pen lids, dental floss and cocktail sticks.

Ink marks

ch 5 1ch 5 2

These two pages above  contain experiments on paper for starters to try out various applicators for printing and mark making.

The pages below demonstrate printed patterns, please click on images for a close up and added comments

ch 5 3

Strips of corrugated cardboard

ch 5 4

cotton bud

ch 5 5

Corrugated card and edge of pelmet vilene

ch 5 6

Corrugated card

ch 5 xtra print

Strip of polystyrene

ch 5 7

I printed this with corrugated card and left over cold water dye from chapter 6 – one of my favourites – I love the rhythm and varying intensity of tone.

ch 5 8

Cold water dye applied with a roller

Bleach and Quink Ink

ch 5 9ch 5 10

ch 5 11


ch 5 12

Monoprint samples, experiments with various ‘tools’ acrylic paint spread over glass and pattern made with ‘tool’, paper laid over top and roller used to compress paper and develop print. Paper peeled off to reveal print. Absolutely wonderful! Really love this.

ch 5 13

Polystyrene strip

ch 5 14

Piece of card

ch 5 15

Piece of corrugated card

ch 5 17

Monoprint using cold water dye

ch 5 18

Alternative technique: acrylic paint spread over glass and paper laid on top. Pattern made with end of paintbrush afterwards and paper peeled off.

ch 5 19ch 5 20

Working sheets for Chapter 5

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Chapter 4 Drawing patterns from animal markings

I’ve started this chapter by collecting photographs of animals with black and white markings or converting coloured photographs to black and white on Photoshop.

I have then gone on to enlarge or get close ups on Photoshop before taking certain elements of markings and making linear drawings.

ch 4 1

ch 4 2-

ch 4 3

Linear drawings placed on or adjacent to photographs and close ups.

ch 4 4

More close ups and drawings

ch 4 5

ch 4 6

ch 4 7

ch 4 9ch 4 8

ch 4 working sheet

Chapter 4 Working sheet