Sunday, 7 January 2018

Chapter 4–Paper Making Session 1

I started chapter 4 by making a handful of samples.  I will confess I made these quite some time ago (and they went with me to the 2017 Summer School) but have only just come to blog about it.  I’ve made paper before so the underlying technique is not new to me but there are lots of ideas in the chapter so it’s very exciting to me!  Unfortunately drying space is quite limited in my little flat.  I dry the by paper hanging them on a clothes horse but I can only use one of these at a time because:

1) I can only fit one clothes horse in the bath (for the first few hours when there is a lot of dripping)

2) I don’t want lots of damp stuff hanging around as it’s not good for your health!

With this in mind there will be a few sessions of paper making.  It’s frustrating because once you get started it’s addictive but when the space has run out you have to stop!

4.1:  Paper sheets hanging up to dry

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Here are the samples I made in the first session.

4.2:  Basic paper  - made from copier paper to give one uniform colour per sheet.  These pulps became the basis for many of the other samples.

Paper making first efforts

4.3:  First attempt at blocks of colour – I put sections of pulp in the frame but there was a lot of merging!  Not terribly successful.  I will try this again.

Paper making first efforts

4.4:  Mixing yellow petals (from dried daffodil heads) into the blender – I blitzed for quite long so the flower pieces are relatively small and are well integrated into the pulp. 

Paper making first efforts

4.5:  Summer School 2016 – this piece is made from map pages (of the Cotswolds) and grasses collected from the site.  The grasses are well integrated into the pulp. 

Paper making first efforts

4.6:  Map pages, copier paper and paper string (work in progress) – The string was blue to mirror the motorways in the maps.  I laid them down and then added another pulp page on top.  I squidged (technical term!) them together.

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4.7:  Map pages, copier paper and paper string – the page was ultimately quite thick (with the two layers of pulp). I pulled the string up to tear the page.

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4.8:  Map pages, copier paper and paper string (close up) – I like how the tears create little flaps in the paper and how the un-revealed string under the pulp creates a mound.

Paper making first efforts

4.9:  Grasses pressed into a papersheet in the frame – I did this before I turned it out and pressed out the water.  The reverse side (not shown) has little mounds where the pulp was pressed over the grasses.  The grasses have remained embedded in the paper quite well (which surprises me as I thought it would just fall off when it was dry).

Paper making first efforts

4.10:  Fibres in pulp – fibres were pushed into the pulp in the frame (before turning out) and some pulp smooshed over the top of some areas to secure them.  I deliberately chose colours that were ‘obvious’ so i could see clearly how it worked.  Next time I will try to use thread colours that are more sympathetic to the pulp.

Paper making first efforts

4.11:  An attempt at blocks of different colour pulps and petals pressed into the pulp – my colour blocking, as with the other attempt, all merged together without distinct edges.  Next time I will use two very obviously different colours!  The petal have stayed well secured once dry.

Paper making first efforts

4.12:  Smaller petal pieces sprinked on top – this is a much more delicate finish than the large pieces in 4.11.

Paper making first efforts

These paper samples were more like cardboard than paper!  I need to work out quanities to try and make the samples thinner.  I also am going to try and do some more colour blocking to see if I can be a bit more successful.

Finally I couldn’t resist dipping a fennel seed head (from my allotment) into the pulp!  After it dried it gave a really interesting structure with the pulp trapped.  I’d like to cut off the individual groups of seed heads on another one and press them into a pulp sheet but unfortunately I just cut down some flower heads and composted them before thinking of doing this! 

4.13:  Fennel seed head dipped in pulp

Paper pulp dipping

4.14:  Fennel seed head dipped in pulp

Paper pulp dipping

Chapter 3–More Skeleton Leaves

My obsession with leaves continues… here are some more skeleton leaves.  I have painted them with PVA glue to try and preserve the a little.  I’d like to dip some into paper pulp.

3.15:  Skeleton leaves coated with PVA glue

Skeleton leaves preserved with PVA glue

3.16:  Skeleton leaf coated with PVA glue - I like how the glue has formed a skin across some of the holes.

Skeleton leaves preserved with PVA glue

3.17:  Skeleton leaf coated with PVA glue

Skeleton leaves preserved with PVA glue

3.18:  Skeleton leaf coated with PVA glue

Skeleton leaves preserved with PVA glue

3.19:  Skeleton leaf coated with PVA glue

Skeleton leaves preserved with PVA glue

3.20:  Skeleton leaf coated with PVA glue

Skeleton leaves preserved with PVA glue

3.21:  Skeleton leaf coated with PVA glue

Skeleton leaves preserved with PVA glue

3.22:  Skeleton leaf coated with PVA glue

Skeleton leaves preserved with PVA glue

Friday, 29 December 2017

Chapter 3 – Grids

Here is a collection of some of the grids I’ve collected.  The first A3 page is that of ‘made’ grids.

3.1:  Page of grids

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3.2:  Close up of page of grids – placed on a black background to help see the grids

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3.3:  Close up of Grids page – black grids on white page

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I’ve become quite obsessed with grids in the natural environment – especially in decomposed leaves.  I picked a lot of leaves and have preserved them with PVA glue.  The following images are some of the natural grids from my allotments.

3.4:  Decomposing pumpkin leave

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3.5:  Close up of decomposing pumpkin leaf

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3.6:  Perpetual spinach leaf

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3.7:  A really decomposed pumpkin leaf which was more like soft lacy fabric when holding it

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3.8:  Decomposing sycamore seed

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3.9:  Part-ecomposed ivy leaf

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3.10:  Skelton leaf – just like a soft green lace

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3.11:  Decomposing nasturtium seed pods

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3.12:  Frozen rose petal showing grid pattern (this one I couldn’t preserve!)

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3.13  Beautiful droplets of water on black gardening mesh

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Then I dug up some grids! 

3.14:  Old carpet dug up on the allotment.

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I have a large piece of underlay backing that is delicate but has survived and I’ve brought it home to add to the collection!

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Chapter 1 – Stationery Ideas

Here are a few stationery items that I’ve seen that I rather like.  They show a range of items which have an area/shape that an embroidered panel may work on.

Picture 1: Writing Set (Source: http://www.lifeway.com/Product/floral-stationery-set-p005760151):

Picture 2:  Writing Set (Source: http://www.giftvalues.com/store/shopdetail.asp?product=m0695*Floral_Stationery_Desk_Set)

Floral Stationery Desk Set

Picture 3:  Stationery Box (Source: http://www.cre8direct.net/en/products_list.php?tid=63&zid=1)

Picture 4: Folder (Source: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Go-Stationery-Lever-Arch-Folder/dp/B00WE2A7QE)

Go Stationery A4 Lever Arch File Folder - Christine Floral

Picture 5: Document Wallet (Source: http://www.aliexpress.com/item/2016-New-Vintage-Small-Flower-Fabric-A4-Document-File-Folder-Floral-Document-Bag-Novelty-For-School/32755316516.html)

2017 New Vintage Small Flower Fabric A4 Document File Folder Floral Document Bag Novelty For School office Stationary HE119

Picture 6: Acordian File (Source: https://www.amazon.com/Punch-Studio-Peacock-Expandable-Accordion/dp/B004P03P8A?SubscriptionId=AKIAIDGULFCX2Q4ADRYQ)

Picture 7: Magazine Holder (Source: https://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/whsmith-enchanted-soft-pink-bird--floral-print-a4-board-magazine-file/38598753

WHSmith Enchanted Soft Pink Bird & Floral Print A4 Board Magazine File

Picture 8:  (Source:  http://www.cheapjoes.com/global-canvas-pencil-cases.html)

Global Canvas Pencil Cases (Pencils not included)

Picture 9: Writing Set (Source: https://www.fairhopenotes.com/products/wedgwood-english-rose-writing-set)

Picture 9: Notebook (Source: https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/a3o/P-Donovan-Notebook-leather-strap-closure-Brown/B01865SG8S/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1501955574&sr=8-2&keywords=notebook+handbound)

A.P. Donovan - Note book leather blank with strap closure, as organizer, calendar poetry book, Brown in DIN A5

Friday, 3 February 2017

Chapter 2 - Typed Text

Image 1:  Printed text

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Image 2:  Printed text, size diminishing, centred

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Image 3:  Printed text, size diminishing, left and right centred

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Image 4:  Printed text

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Image 5:  One I missed earlier!  Written text, different directions 

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