I’ve been taking some time out from the set assignments to have a play with other techniques and was fortunate enough to take advantage of a friends’ visit to attend a workshop on Creative Colour and then to follow this up with a session in my studio playing with a Gelli printing plate that I purchased recently.
The workshop introduced me to a lot of products I have not used before, including Lumiere paints, Dye-Na-Flow, Liquid Pearls and Inktense pencils. The techniques covered included wet-into-wet work, stencilling, stamping, rubbing and layering.
Here are some of the fabric samples I produced on the workshop. The first one is made using marker pens and then adding rubbing alcohol to make the marks bleed into the fabric. Once dry I added black marker pen and used inktense pencils to add some depth to the colour. I was trying for a very free and loose effect here rather than my usual controlled work and I was pleased with the end result.
A couple of days after the workshop I had a play with my new Gelli printing plate with an aim to producing backgrounds that could be used in future work. I have collected a variety of tools for mark making and also used some weed seed heads to make positive and negative prints. Some of these were multiple layers to build up colour and all add to my stash of fabrics to use in future work, with plans to use free motion embroidery on some of the seed head prints.