The Project – 2. Developing Ideas

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Hello and welcome to Part 2 of this blog outlining the design process.  For Part 1, click here.

I am working through a City & Guilds Level 3 Embroidery course with Distant Stitch. After the initial exploration of ideas, I now want to develop a few of the ideas and see where they go… I created my own working papers using a variety of techniques which I will take you through…

Use cheap photocopying paper… it has a shiny surface, so water isn’t absorbed quickly. This enables you to drop paint onto the wet surface. The paint floats on the top of the water for a while, and you can then manipulate it.

I have used block watercolour paint for the above pictures.

Try tipping up the paper and letting the paint flow. Now leave to dry for a good hour.

This is part of my  “Construction Site” series. I have used acylic paint on very wet watercolour paper.

“Dawn Commute” – acrylic paint on wet brown paper.

“Regatta Kicks Off” – acylic on dry brown paper.

Now experiment! Use any type of paper. I have used newsprint, magazine covers, bits of cardboard, wallpaper, packaging, tissue paper, greaseproof paper… everything!

“Barricade” – Acrylic on newspaper.

I’d love to see what you’re doing, so I’m planning an exhibition page… let me know what you think.


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