Friday, November 25, 2016

My Picasso Moment!

I was trying to create a totally different textile print from that shown in the earlier post.  Well, it was a Picasso day with a mood to match, and I created this.  It doesn't particularly work as a textile print (very busy), but it was fun to create!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

SJMA - Textile Design Workshop!

I went to a Textile Design workshop yesterday at the San Jose Museum of Art, offered as part of the museum's current exhibition called 'Beauty.  Tessellation and repetitive imagery was the theme of the workshop and is what is really the foundation of making a print design (textile or otherwise).  After the design is finalized, the imagery can be printed via screen-printing or as a Photoshop-edited image sent to a printer for tiling and reproduction.

Our schedule for the three-hour workshop included:

Task 1:   Look at graphic inspiration from the exhibit;
Task 2:   Draw a base image leaving some white space around the outer edges.  My image was a living room with an antique sofa, Art Deco lamp, and modern painting and rug;
Task 3:   Cut the base image into quarters and re-arrange them (horizontally and vertically) in which you could add more drawn elements into the rearranged to minimize white space and to create secondary designs; and
Task 4:   Using printed copies of the rearranged image, repeat them to see what a textile design would look like.

What I thought worked the best based on student work -- were spontaneous and organic forms rather than planned single images.  Here are photos of my work including the original drawing, the rearranged image, and then a repeating pattern based on the rearranged image that could be printed as a textile design.

Original Drawing (Post Pen and Watercolor)

Quartered and Rearranged Drawing

Repetition of Quartered/Rearranged Drawing - What a Textile Print could look like

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Upcoming Class on Textile Design at SJMA!

In conjunction with the exhibition 'Beauty' currently at San Jose's Museum of Art, there is an upcoming workshop on textile design that includes experimentation with composition, repetition and color to create one's own textile pattern.  Cool!  Find out more about the course at the link below (limited to 25 participants).

Painted Magnolia Leaves - Life Book 2016

This was a bonus Life Book 2016 project from Faith-Evan Sills that I worked on today!  I found the PERFECT Magnolia leaves for it on a local walk.  They had such beautiful sheen and added to the 'leather' impression of the pink one especially.  This is a great idea and in intended to get students to do a short project daily to keep up their arting practice.

This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link:

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Monday, October 10, 2016

This was more of an artful exercise than art making.  It has to do with setting boundaries with the various people we may meet in our lives.  The painting came first, then the Henna-like dots, and the collaging on of phrases.  Thank you Melody Ross!

his piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link:

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Life Book 2016 - Week 40 Lesson led by Artist Shiloh Sophia

Other than the prep work involved (writing and deciding on symbols to use), this piece took very little time to complete...surprisingly.  The color was done with watered-down acrylic.  I love the translucent effect of the paint this way.  The piece has gold paint and gel pen highlights as well as white Posca pen dots.  In case you're wondering, no this isn't a self-portrait (ha, ha).  

About the art instructor, Shiloh Sophia.  She has very interesting creative methods (using line in suggestive ways), a totally unique approach and a very free paint style.  It makes me want to work on much larger canvases and do more.  This was dome on 12"x18" watercolor paper though I can envision working this way on 3'x5' stretched canvases.  Maybe I'll try that this winter!

This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link:

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

30-Minute Drawing

This is a quick drawing using Caran d'Ache Supracolor II pencils from a 10-pencil set.  Since there isn't a skin tone color among the 10, I chose green to work with in the shape definition and shading. It works!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Batik print from melted Crayons!

Our Creative Club had such fun yesterday using melted crayons to make neat batik prints!  I had never done that before but one of our group had--and it was she who led this group get together activity.  Thank you, Karen!

The crayons had to be quite hot (and fully melted) for the wax to be painted on 100% white cotton and fully penetrate the fabric (to the back side) before immersing in a short dye bath and rinsing.  In the painting process, some of the wax caked on...but no problem.  That was taken care of by ironing the print (after the dye bath and rinse) sandwiched between clean newspapers to take the extra wax off and moisture out.

We used a black dye bath and it really reduced the vibrancy of my painted crayon design.  So, I've painted elements of the print with Setacolor and Lumiere fabric paints plus emphasized details that had gotten lost with a black Marvy/Uchida Fabric Marker.  Voila!

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Life Book 2016 - Week 36 Project Completed!

"Forever Beautiful"

The top photo is my final piece for the Week 36 lesson led by guest artist/instructor Annie Hamman of South Africa.  Annie taught a lesson earlier in the year which was awesome, but I struggled with it, just as I did with this lesson.  But both work products are pretty amazing!

This piece took three tries.  In the process photo (on the bottom), you can follow along with my comments.  Photo #1 shows my first try which was problematic from the shadow and light color application technique that was part of the lesson.  I like color, but I couldn't get it to settle down from the intensity you see.  So, I gesso'd over the face to begin again.  

Photo #2 shows my second try.  The face was too round and again, the shadow and light color application was just not working the way I wanted.  So, I prepared to start afresh the same way.

Photos #3 and #4 show the beginning stages of my third try which resulted in the final piece (top photo).  There were a number of sacrifices made in the collage elements (that I really liked), but the final piece is worth it.  I liked the capped sleeve imagery so much that I added some watercolor paper beneath them to incorporate them into the piece.  Again, I keep learning and am seeing so much growth in my artistic ability this year (my second) in Life Book 2016, and for that I'm very grateful!

This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link:

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