Wednesday, 22 November 2017

  Week 10 City and Guilds Level 1 Certificate in Textiles 7161

Paint techniques with water colour and acrylics.

It often surprises new students how much painting and drawing features in the syllabus of City and Guilds.  Preparing to design begins with drawing or sketching ideas, making notes on how you might approach an embroidered piece and then recording those thoughts in a sketch book makes good practice for any one who wants to design there own work instead of following a kit or some one else's work.  Creating sketch books helps to develop a style all your own, you can collect pictures that inspire you and develop them into pieces of work through exploring colour, texture, line, shape and form.
Painting and drawing is part of that process, and therefore learning different techniques is key to creating and observing your inspiration, be it your favourite view, some one who is close to you, a piece of music or even an emotion.
Colour can definitely evoke emotions, advertisers use colour very successfully to make us feel excited, thoughtful or safe. Red is associated with excitement, danger and passion. Blue is a colour which is calming and rest full and so on. Colour can certainly change the way you think about a subject and there for learning simple paint techniques and even just the process of mixing paint will help you understand colour theory in more depth.

When designing an embroidery from scratch, finding the right background fabric could take time and may not always be what you want. If you can colour your own fabrics this gives you so much freedom to explore other fabric types such as spun bound fibres, plastics, man made fibres etc.

I asked the students to bring in a picture that inspired them, a picture that depicted colour, line and texture. These key elements are part and parcel of the criteria for level 1 City and Guilds. Having a picture helps to concentrate the mind on the task in hand and that is, to learn to appreciate those elements in their chosen image.  


Linda chose a beautiful sunset, with a wonderful silhouette mountains and trees in the fore ground. Not an easy image to replicate as a piece of embroidery but we are trying various techniques to see what we can come up with. A work in progress.



Claire brought in these two images, very different subjects but she eventually went with the gorgeous colours of the cottage garden. This picture suited some of the techniques we tried today and again being a work in process we'll see how this image becomes represented into a piece of textile art.

Today we covered sponging, using salt to remove pigment which creates beautiful random patterns, using clingfilm to create fractured lines and colour blending.





These two samples show the 
effect of adding rock salt to
wet paint. The salt removes
the pigment from the paper 
and leaves these stunning
patterns that could replicate
lichen, snow flakes or ice.









This sample shows clingfilm placed over wet paint. For best
results leave over night to dry, but you can see already the
type of pattern that will made. 
It's always exciting removing the clingfilm and seeing for
the first time the random patterns that are made.

Using cling film could replicate cobwebs, cracks in old
paint or dragon fly wings.









A small selection of painted papers that can be 
used as backgrounds for sketchbooks. 



Making these papers can become addictive so 
if you decide to have a go beware!
Next week we will be making our own printing
blocks designed from the students pictures.
Their home work is to experiment further so that
when we use their unique printing blocks to
 overprint already painted papers to 
layer and create depth to the paintings.
In my opinion one layer is never enough and
learning layering is not as easy as it sounds.
There is always that fear you may spoil what's
already there but my advice is just keep going
it's only a piece of paper and it can always 
be made again.




Next week, as I have said, we will
be printing using print blocks
that have been made by the 
students. Of course you could
purchase printing blocks
but it is much more satisfying to
make your own and cheaper!


Hopefully these painted pages
will be the beginnings of some
stunning textile art works.
We've made a start let's see
what happens in the coming weeks.



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Make some time to stitch or paint this week - create something to be proud of!
Best stitches
Beccy x










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