Through the trees.
Shafts of light on fallen leaves
brighten the cold.
Through the trees.
Shafts of light on fallen leaves
brighten the cold.
My third foray into lino cutting and printing is an homage to the iconic Volkswagen T25 campervan. More to the point…an homage, and possible means of making accessories for and decorating our iconic Volkswagen T25 campervan. After all…it is extremely hard to find things with pictures of T25s on… people seem to only make Items with Split screen vans and Bays on them, which are lovely and everything, but not right for us.
This is the one:
I followed the same process as in my last post, and used a photo as the basis for the cut and then transferred it to lino, or in this case soft-cut material which is a plastic version.
Work in progress…
And the finished product…
I like them, I am considering making canvas bags with the design on, once I have sourced the correct materials.
Good morning people of the world!
I can’t quite believe I have neglected my creative side again for so long!! I haven’t entirely neglected it to be fair, but it has taken a bit of a back seat to my exercise-y side…
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Anyway…as you might have guessed from the title, this post is about lino cutting and printing. I have been dabbling in the printing / image transfer already in the form of acrylic media transfer . I can’t remember exactly how this led me down the route of lino cutting, but there was some combination of reading books on printmaking and image transfer and pinterest searching which lead me to ask for a lino cutting beginner set for my birthday. This gave me everything I needed to have a go 😀
These are the things I learned during my first foray into the art…
The most important thing I learned however is…
Lino cutting and printing is so much fun and I love it!!
This is the outcome of my first foray… lots of room for improvement…but that is why we practice!
I love doors and doorways… It is something of a current obsession of mine…So I have started a photo project looking at doors and doorways and gates 🙂
I am hoping to take it into other media too, I think doors and gates would lend themselves to lino cutting very well, they could be my first ventures into cyanotype printing…
So what is it about doorways I hear you asking…well, they are fascinating. Don’t you ever wonder what lies beyond a door? It is the door that finally completes the barrier you erect with the walls of your house, it is the door that allows you and other people to pass between your domain and the real world!
A closed door or an unexplored gateway is a mystery, it is the entrance to a potential new world! Who know what goes on behind it!
Last summer a friend and I went on an embroidery course run by the Royal School of Needlework in Hampton Court on the outskirts of London. It was an excellent day where I learned some stitches i didn’t know already and how to start and finish and generally embroider the Royal School of Needlework way! Don’t get me wrong…I will never be as good as the graduates of the School who often go on to work on royal wedding dresses and other such things but it was certainly interesting to get an insight into how they worked.
On the day I started a piece of embroidery that I got to take away to finish…and earlier this year I finished it…ok I know it should not have taken quite that long but i have a lot of things going on at the same time.
Now I have to figure out the best way to mount and display it in my house 🙂
next project based on these new skills is to design my own piece of embroidery. I am thinking
that is making books…not the type that leads to money changing hands in relation to fast moving horses and suchlike…
Anyway on to the real point of this. I have been trying some more things…no actually i have been trying the same things some more…
the first thing is making fabric art bracelets. the last one i posted was for me and I have been wearing it it is getting a little bit frayed and worn, which is not a bad thing it looks quite intentional so that is ok but i decided to refine the process of making them as I enjoyed making it.
So here are the results, this one was entirely fabric not based on leather like mine…I was in a slightly orange mood…
It is difficult to show the texture but i tried:
I have put this one up in my new Extemporise Folksy shop…I just hope someone loves it as much as loved making it 🙂 http://folksy.com/items/4396105-cuff-bracelet-in-orange-and-neutral-fabrics-and-laces
The second new craft i revisited recently is making books, I wanted to cement my new hand sewn book skills and try out some ideas i had for a fabric cover. this one is the same construction as the last one, with hand stitched pages sewn around slips to allow the cover to move. I forgot to take pictures of the process as i do it…but i promise I will on the next one.
I still need practice in both of these crafts, but i am having lots of fun learning 🙂
Good morrow my friends and welcome to a brand new week full of sparkling new opportunities yet to be discovered!
Ok…I am feeling uncharacteristically optimistic…
the book is still a work in progress…i haven’t decided how i want to embellish it yet so it remains unadorned and will be posted once i have decided what to do 🙂
this weekend…mostly inspired by an offcut from the bookbinding that fit around my wrist well I decided to experiment with fabric art in the form of a bracelet. It was inspired by an idea in a book by Ruth Rae but the details made up by me.
it is made from offcuts and old buttons.
First an image transfer stitched card that i may one day get around to putting onto etsy
am slightly unsure about the words…but i had a gap that needed something 🙂
the last one for today is a card i made for my dad’s Birthday
New skills was what this weekend was all about. I went on a course to learn how to make hand sewn books. It was at the Weald and Downland Museum (http://www.wealddown.co.uk) in Sussex and was run by a very knowledgeable woman called Gaynor from the Blue door Bindery (http://www.blue-door-bindery.co.uk).
we learned how to fold paper into sections and how to make sure it is folded in the right direction…right direction i hear you repeat quizzically…well..yes…I didn’t know this before i wend on the course but paper has a grain based on the direction of the fibres within it. It is important when making books to have these running from head to foot (top to bottom), although i am unclear as to what happens if you don’t. and might make on the other way round to find out but that is besides the point!
we learned how to make these folded sections into a text block and to sew them (along with the end papers) both to each other and to long strips of material called slips which help to hold the whole thing together and move backward and forward within the cover to allow the book to open out. Here are some pictures of the text block (or pages ;-)) and end papers all sewn together and the slips in place
once all this was done we put the covers on , they were glued to the end pieces but no glue was on the spine at all, this allows it to open out completely flat. It was quite a tricky process as we had to slit the cover to weave the slips through…i believe this is decorative and not structural.
The finished product:
This is the book as we took it away from the course, I think i may need to add some extra finishing touches, the top and bottom edges of the leather need finishing i think and i am slightly unsure of the visible slips so these might get covered.
All in all I am pleased, I have learned new skills and am looking forward to adapting them and using them in my own way…I feel a lot more book coming on 😀
I am on a roll with this blogging business, I decided to share some of my other projects with you…
As well as image transfer I am attempting to put my love of doodling to good use and have been turning some of them into cards.
I have also been experimenting with some different surfaces to doodle on, which brings me to the title…book pages.
I am sure (as I have) many of you have seen book pages turned into just about everything you can possibly think of, and I am sure it presents some of you with the same questions i had…first and foremost…what about all those poor books!
Well…for my experimentation I must inform you that the book i chose for this was on its last legs, it had lost some pages and was well beyond repair. It was a mas produced reprint of a classic. I still had difficulty making the first mark…but that being said, I really like the way it looks, I also am attempting to believe that i am giving the book a new chance of life, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that if i was not doing this with it, it would be thrown in a bin! so here are the results…
Now if only i could convince some of the people in the world that they want to buy them…
Is it true that to be an artist it is enough to say “i am an artist”?
I mean obviously you have to do some art too but how much and how good does it have to be to call yourself an artist?
This is a photo of a photo i took some time ago, but i have recently been playing with transfer printing images onto fabric using acrylic gel medium. i am in the process of incorporating these pictures in to other works that involve other fabric and paper and collage…
I am just about comfortable enough to call myself a photographer…but I have no background in art apart from an appreciation of it given to me by my mum. I have no training, no ability when it comes to drawing stuff that is supposed to look like something and no idea what i am doing.
I can create things…this much i am sure of, i have created things and made things all my life, but is this enough? as an engineer and scientist i find myself annoyingly pretentious if i say that i am an artist… especially if i add the words mixed media into the mix.
To say that i am an artist, in my eyes elevates me above the stage i am at…but someone once said that in order to become something you have to become it…or words to that effect,
in other words, don’t just try to be something, be it…
but is calling myself an artist, and doing artistic things enough?
How do i know if i am good enough?
Sorry if that seemed a little self indulgent…It was just something i was thinking about…any opinions out there would be welcome…