TAFA - Textile and Fibre Art List have highlighted my profile on Facebook tonight.
An idea popped into my head just the other day…. it involved ink, watercolour washes and textiles.
Its been a LONG time since I got the watercolour paints wet, so I thought I should have a play and create some paint trials, splurges, mixes… happy accidents.
I spent a few days creating pages and pages of coloured splodges.
Firstly mixing each and every colour together and then taking a selection and exploring the mixing variations.
Here are just two of many spreads in the sketchbook.
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It makes a great change from mark making explorations.
I don’t usually recommend supplies but I can’t fault two products.
Firstly Daniel Smith Watercolors (or as we say in the UK Watercolours). The intensity is like nothing else.
I like to work with transparent or at least semi-transparent watercolours but I also like strong colour.
These give me the perfect combination.
Secondly brushes. I have hunted for YEARS to find a brush that works for me.
I’m not so good at painting with a brush - I usually prefer my fingers, but whilst this is practical for acrylics it doesn’t work for watercolour.
Just last week I discovered KUM Memory Point Brushes.
Perfect - and even better they are 3 for 2 at Cultpens - who offer the most fantastic service and free next day delivery.
I have just two days left before the summer holidays are over for 2015.
Incredibly mixed feelings as I shall miss my boy SO much.
I love having him around.
On the other hand I’m looking forward to getting back to work in the studio.
I have pages of ideas in my sketchbook to work through.
And a “New Year” (for I still work in school years) resolution to be more committed to a proper working schedule each week.
(Dorothy I’ve written it down so it must be true!)
We are back from a wonderful and relaxing break in Keswick.
In a beautiful cottage in the conservation area just a few minutes stroll from the town centre.
We enjoyed freshly squeezed orange juice
Took an age to decide at the olive counter
Laughed at the wine
Ate out every night - walking from our door to theirs.
Walked a few yards to the cinema (Mission Impossible).
Simply enjoyed the novelty of walking to a shop or watering hole.
Whilst the boys went Mountain Biking I walked to see a Gruffalo.
Fond memories of bed time reading.
Saw Magenta painted trees - which looked stunning in the sunlight
Took several walks along the shores of Derwentwater.
The boys skimming stone whilst I got the sketchbook out.
Finding natures beautiful offerings
My favourite being the evening after dinner at the Dog & Gun (Woof & Bang).
Taking silly photographs
On our last afternoon a red boat was sailing past
Admired the beautiful flora on the lake shore.
Had many meals and drinks out and visited the new distillery.
And came home via Castelrigg Stone Circle.
Which has become a family tradition.
The Slow Loris stand had these beautiful Chinese baby Carrier panels.
I saw these last year but could only afford a small piece…
They are created using the most intricate batik.
Just look at the intricate details.
The “pop” of colour is perfect.