Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Inspiration from Marin van Uhm

I was just getting lost in a world of google images and I came across this beautiful Alphabet by French Graphic Designer Marin van Uhm. I absolutely love the colour combinations and clever use of shapes to create the letters.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Acrylic Medium Transfers

I've been really enjoying these Monday morning try-it workshops at the Beetroot Tree. This week I went on one to experiment using Acrylic Medium Transfers - a technique you can use to transfer printed images from your inkjet printer or photocopier onto almost any surface. You can use any acrylic paint to do this but we used an acrylic gel which is clear so it enables you to layer up images.
Acrylic Transfer onto White Card
Acrylic Transfer onto Linen Fabric
There are two different processes - a transfer and a lift. A transfer will apply a reverse of the image directly onto surfaces such as paper, card and fabric. A lift will create a skin which can be applied to non-porous surfaces such as metal and plastic.
Acrylic Transfer Lift

The transfers will be particularly useful for me to get a printed image onto really thick paper or fabric that wont go through the printer directly. I also like the quality of the image once its transferred as it breaks down a bit and you get some really interesting effects by accident.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Stamping Workshop

Here's an update on the Stamping workshop I did on Monday. It was so much fun and great to have a play with some new media and techniques. Softsculpt was a revelation to me and I really enjoyed using it - you heat it up with a heat gun and press a texture into it, then you reheat it and it springs back into shape ready for the next use - fantastic!

Stamping with a pencil eraser.

Stamping with an eraser.

Stamps created using Appli Glue.

Stamps created using foam sheets and SoftSculpt.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Mini Workshops

Where did the time go? School has broken up for the summer so I have a bit more time to dedicate to my artwork. To help things along I've booked on a couple of mini courses over the next few weeks at my favourite local gallery the Beetroot Tree in Draycott - one on Alternative Stamping and the other on Acrylic Medium Transfers. They're a bargain at £7.50 for a couple of hours to learn a new skill and I'm really looking forward to them - I'm making the most of some time to myself as I wont be able to do any courses for a while once the baby arrives in September!

Alternative Stamping - Use non traditional stamping materials and methods. Create your own textures, stamps and prints from a selection of unusual materials. Things like fun foam sheets and raised outliners can create one of a kind effects to use in artwork, scrapbooking, cardmaking and more!

Acrylic Medium Transfers - Learn how to lift and transfer images using acrylic gel medium. Create wonderful images and designs by using the gel transfer technique. Images can be transferred onto metal, fabric and more!

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

On my Coffee Table: Colours

I managed to go to the Nottingham Contemporary Gallery last week for the first time since it opened up. They had an exhibition of Thomas Demand Model Studies which I found really interesting - I loved the textures, angles and movement created within the photographs. They have a mysterious quality emphasised by the lighting and abstract compositions. Thomas Demand was a new artist to me but I wasn't surprised to find out he was German - there's something about German Art I am drawn to.

I did also however spend just as long looking in the shop - they have such an exciting array of interesting things to buy. I came across this book called Colours by PatrickGeorge that uses transparencies in a really inspiring way. It looks at colour and what happens when you play with it. The transparencies have coloured areas which when placed over the two opposite backgrounds create a different colour and scenario. I suppose its really for children but I had to buy it!

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Reflection: Work in Progress

I've been really busy experimenting lately - trying to develop my Coloured Transparency Work. Am really interested in creating layers and movement where the overlapping sheets create new colours. I've also introduced some repetition based on pattern through the use of mirrors. Here's what I've been working on - so far I'm happiest with the above image - I love the incidental shapes that occur in the photograph along with the sharp and blurry areas. Am excited to see where all this experimenting takes me - will keep you posted!


Thursday, 2 February 2012

Art Technician Insight

Oh how I love visits from the Starbeck Sales Van! It's filled to the brim with drawers of unusual, exciting range of multicultural artifacts. They're a fantastic resource for any school or artist, and our school buys from them at least once a year to refresh our drawing resources. We bought a range of dried seed pods for one of the GCSE exam questions this time, but previously we've bought masks, fabrics, wooden stamps and bowls.

I've also been using the seed pods as part of my 365 project as they are so beautiful to photograph.