FMP journal 23

FMP reflective journal

Monday 24/04/17

Today I began by creating another piece in the style of Simon Hantai in my sketchbook.

I used a wide range of different pens and pencils for this one layering the writing up each time. I did this to experiment even further with looking into colour. I liked the effect of this one as I like the contrast of smaller more delicate writing on top of the thick marker pens. However I think the colour in this one might beat it too much, I think to improve I should just try to stick to one or two tones of the same colour rather than using a lot of different ones all together, I think this would be more effective. 

I then went on the computers to do some research as I was feeling a little bit lost for ideas. I went on to my Pinterest board full of ideas I have saved for this project to see if I could get some inspiration. I found a piece that I thought could link in well after my visual diary I created with my Scotland pictures. It was images from Kurt Jacksons sketchbook. He paints landscapes and in some of the paintings he includes annotations within the painting itself, making the writing become part of the art. I found this interesting as it incorporates the thoughts he was having at the time within the painting. He also calls his sketchbook his visual diary so I thought this would link nicely to my visual diary I created.

I then decided to work in a similar style to his with my photos from Scotland.

I created these by sticking down some of my favourite pictures from the trip in my sketchbook then working on top of and around these in a similar style to how Kurt Jackson works. I used acrylic paint with a palette knife and also some watercolour paint. I then worked on top of this by writing part of the diary I wrote that related to the picture on top to illustrate my feelings and thoughts that were happening whilst I was there. I found this useful because it challenged me to try out a technique that I have not used so far in this project and it is quite different to the rest of my work. I think overall they are successful as pieces however I do think I prefer the writing in my work when they are layered and a lot more scribbley because this gives the work much more abstract effect. I like the addition of visual elements such a photographs and think it can be effective however I think I prefer the simplicity of writing as art on its own without the addition of imagery. The focus of my project has been on writing as a significant form of art therefore I don’t want to steer away from that too much by introducing imagery. Therefore I think it would be better to just look at writing in my project rather than combining it with photos as this might take away some of the effect of the writing. However this was useful for me to explore and I do really like the technique of expressive painting and the colours used in this way.

I also found another artist on Pinterest that I want to include in my project, Miriam Londono. 

She creates lots of piece which include writing through using paper pulp to create a strong structure. She takes inspiration from stories, letters and names. I really like how she takes writing into a 3D element and this is something I think I could experiment with in my project.


FMP journal 22

FMP reflective journal

Wednesday 19/04/17

Whilst I was away in Scotland I kept a bit of a diary to record my thoughts, feelings and emotions on certain days. I also took a lot of photos when I was there and so this inspired me to create a sort of visual diary in my sketchbook. I did this because with looking at the theme of communication at the moment in my project I thought a diary would be a good way to look into this theme more. A diary is a way of writing down anything from what you have done in the day, how it made you feel, what this has changed about you and just any general thoughts, it’s a great way to record on paper what is going through your mind. I didn’t want the diary to just be recording what I did in the day while I was away instead I wanted it to be more about how I felt and emotions because I thought this would give the writing more of a poetic feel which is what I have been focusing on in my project so far. Today I constructed the ‘visual diary’ in my sketchbook by putting in certain photos that I took in my book and linking them to the piece of writing I created whilst I was there. I think this is a great way to physically store memories through a visual diary because even if you forget what has happened or how you were feeling at the time it will always be recorded physically in writing and imagery. I really like the link between written words and imagery in this way because I think it makes the work much more interesting as well as being easier to connect.

Moving forward I would like to work from these photos more in some way and possibly incorporate the writing from the diary in the art somehow. 

I think by including these photos and pieces of writing in my project really helps to give a personal element to my project as I have included my own feelings and emotions connected to a place through my own writing. This kind of work is very different to what I have been studying so far in my project however I think it is good to take into account and experiment with different areas including photography which I haven’t done much of so far, therefore I am happy with how this contributes to the progression of my project.

FMP journal 4 

FMP reflective journal

Wednesday 15/03/17

Today I continued some of my initial research into my project by looking for more in depth articles online that could influence my ideas. I decided to do this after Dan advised me of some more conceptual areas I could look into related to language and writing. I found a couple of articles which really interested me and I thought would be useful within my project. One was about how language is a social construction in order to help society communicate and the other was about the significance of language as a tool of communication and how important it is within society and culture. Both of these were really insightful and I thought would be a good link to something with a bit more of a deeper meaning within my project about writing. I printed both off and will use them as secondary research for my project when I decide they fit in.

Thursday 16/03/17

Today I went and took photos of some more graffiti in another area of Lincoln, but this time it was much more artistic. 

I did this to see how different types of graffiti are seen differently by the public. This type of graffiti is considered to be much more positive and acceptable than the graffiti I previously looked at which contains a form of writing and communication of ideas. However it interests me as to why they are considered so differently and why graffiti that uses expressive forms of writing are associated with such negative connotations when it is just as much a form of art and expression as anything else. 

Friday 17/03/17 and Saturday 18/03/17

I have been continuing my research by collecting images that inspire me and artists I would like to include in my project on my Pinterest. I find this a really useful way of exploring ideas and areas for my projects because there is such a wide source of useful artwork. Continuing to look at this every day has helped my thoughts for my project to be ongoing and grow, therefore it is something I will continue all throughout my project even when my research is done.

Action Plan

Next week I want to finalise all of my primary research and present all of this in my sketchbook, which will then help lead to my secondary research expanding my project and concept even more. 

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FMP reflective journal

Tuesday 14/03/17

Today I began by doing a mind map in my sketchbook in order to brainstorm all the ideas I have had about areas I could research into within my theme of writing as a form of art. This helped me to realise which areas I thought would be most interesting and which would be best for my project to develop.

I then wrote out a plan of where I want to go with my project and how I want it to flow. I did this to try and link all of the ideas I have together to make sure that my project doesn’t just jump from each area and to help me to decide which area I want to begin my project with. I made a list starting with the area I will research into first then linking in which artists will help this research and then deciding which area this will lead me to look into next. This really helped me to get my project clear in my head as well as to organise how I want my project to flow. It was only a brief list so that I knew what order to look at things as I didn’t want to write in too much detail what my plan was, as this wouldn’t allow my project to take any natural progression and wouldn’t allow me to change my ideas. I then transferred this plan onto my project action plan and timetable sheet where I planned out what I would focus on each week and what area I would research in to, as well as how this would influence my actual artwork and tried to plan the sorts of materials and resources I would need in order to complete each area of research.  I found this incredibly useful because even though I may not necessarily stick exactly to the plan for each week it has given me an idea of the time I can spend on each area.

I have decided to begin with I will look at graffiti as a way in which writing is used within art. I went out and took some primary photos of graffiti around Lincoln and stuck them in my sketchbook.

It interests me that graffiti often has negative connotations and is seen as vandalism but it’s just a form of art that communicates a message so what is it that makes it so wrong? I also find it interesting how graffiti uses abstract shapes and symbols rather than traditional writing to communicate its message which is what I’d like to look at in my own work.

I also had a tutorial with Dan and Sarah which was very useful in helping me to broaden my ideas and give me some inspiration for more areas which I could look into such as political areas, and how language is a social contruct as well as artists to look at. I like the idea of looking into how language is a social construct and something we have learnt to interpret. This could link to my idea of looking at writing as just pattern and taking away the meaning of the words to give a more abstract element. 


My Work

This is the second project I have completed which I need to catch up with on here. Like my previous post this will be fairly brief with mainly photos of my work for the project and short comments to accompany. For this project we were given a range of titles to choose from and I went for the title ‘grids’. I thought this would be a good project for me to work on my passion for surface pattern design.


Initial title page

For my primary research I looked at a lot of architectural/man-made elements containing grids. I worked from these looking at the pattern in the photos.


I started to look at more natural forms of grids, and I was interested in how the silhouette of a tree creates a pattern in the sky. When all the branches overlap the shapes in between can be seen as grids. I worked from these photos in acrylic.



For my secondary research I looked at 3 elements of grids; architectural, natural and mark making.




I decided to focus my project on the natural side of grids because I like how its a less obvious way of looking at grids. To start this off I took some photos using a macro lens of some of the patterns within leaves, as the veins create an interesting linear pattern when we look closer.


To look at things in more of an abstract way I experimented with mark making techniques.


More experimentation with expressive abstract mark making


More development


Artist research for abstract pattern element

Experimentation with bleach and pattern, as well as introducing colour.


Looking more into drawing the patterns within leaves


Primary drawings looking at tone, line and colour


Looking at the detail in leaves and experimenting with stitch, bleach and soluble fabric


Introducing colour as a way to create abstract pattern


Creating abstract patterns using ink and oil pastel


Introducing trees as a form of grids in nature as well as leaves and working in oil pastel


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My own photos and working from them in ink and oil pastel


Working from my photos of trees in a similar expressive style as I did previously using acrylic, ink and oil pastel

I then experimented with lino printing, working from the photos I had taken to create the pattern. I layered the pattern using different colours and I was really happy with how these turned out.


Initial experimentation


Experimentation with lino prints on grid paper


Experimentation with lino prints on fabric


Final development for lino prints


Artist research for print


Working in the style of the artist


More abstract artist research

This artists work inspired me to work more using soluble fabric because I really like the effect it creates.


Contextual element looking into climate change

I decided to look into climate change to add a contextual element to my project because of how it can really have a negative effect on the growth of nature.


Drawings of decaying nature


Artist research on using recycled materials

For my final outcome I wanted to combine some of the techniques I had previously worked with. I wanted to work with the lino prints, bleach, recycled materials and soluble fabric with stitch.


My final piece combining all the techniques

Details of my final piece. I was really happy with how this turned out because I think that all the elements work really well together and combined create an interesting piece symbolising the effects of climate change on nature and what we can do to target this.


To add a further element to my project I added the title ‘Barriers and Boundaries’


Continuing my theme of decay through boundaries by looking at rust


I was interested in looking at how nature grows within boundaries climbing and growing up them. I thought this could be used to symbolise how nature fights back against man-made objects because of the climate change they have helped to cause. Nature still grows and lives even when boundaries are decaying and destroyed.


Artist research for things growing within boundaries







For my final piece for this part of the project I decided to put my collage piece back into the boundaries where nature has began taking over. I took various photographs from different angles of this and I was really happy with the outcome.




Load Of Balls

My Work

This post is well overdue and I am well aware that in my previous post I said I’d try to get at least one post done a month, which clearly never happened… Time has flown by and I can’t believe that I am now beginning my final major project of my foundation degree. There has now been two whole projects that I have completed but not written about on here, which is A LOT of work! In order to keep my blog up to date I have decided to just include all of the work I did within the two projects in two big posts. This means I wont be able to write in detail about all the work, however prepare for many many photos…

The title of this post may seem a bit strange but don’t worry it’s just the first project I did titled ‘Load Of Balls’.


‘Load Of Balls’ title page and brainstorming ideas

I always like to kick-start my projects by looking for inspiration on certain themes on sites like Pinterest and creating mood boards/collages of ideas.

Firstly I took some photos for my primary research of any spherical/circular objects I could find in my house.


Some more photos I took looking at circular elements in nature. I worked from one of the photos using brightly colored inks.


Experimentation with sewing techniques and fashion

This was my first introduction to the sewing machines at college, and I was shown a few new techniques including shirring with elastic thread. I really liked this technique because it could make some interesting circular patterns and 3D effects in the fabric.


Experimentation with 3D materials


Dawn Dupree- textiles artist who uses print and collage

My artists research inspired me to work on my own print and collage work which I previously wrote a blog post on.

I decided to start focusing my project on fruit as this is a natural form and a lot of the time fruit are ‘ball’ shaped. I was also interested in looking at the patterns and colours found within the inside of fruit when cut in half. So I took a collection of photos of different fruits to look more closely into this theme.

I then worked from these photos using a range of mediums such as watercolour, ink, pencil, and also stitch on fabric. This was in order to look more closely at the patterns and colours.


I then photocopied some of my drawings multiple times and layered them to experiment with repeat patterns.

Another artist research page and working in the same style.


Looking more at patterns extracted from kiwi, passion fruit and dragon fruit using inks.



I then used a website called Prinfab to scan in my designs and send them off to be printed onto fabric. This helped me to get and idea of scale and practise with different repeat pattern designs.

Artist research which I worked from in ink and charcoal. I then photocopied this and used part of it to experiment by stitching into the drawing to add in more detail.

I experimented by using the physical fruit (grapefruit and kiwi) to print with to see what the effect of this would be. I then experimented by working on top of these using stitch and monoprint.

To experiment further I scanned in the fruit prints and changed the colours to create lots of bright versions. I then layered all of the coloured versions on top of each other to create these patterns. Again I sent these off to Prinfab to create big fabric pieces.

Experimenting with 3D shapes and fabric.

For my final piece I wanted to combine two of the designs I had previously created when working from my fruit photography. I wanted the colours from the dragon fruit design and the linear pattern from the kiwi design, so I drew a new design to combine the two. I then put the design into Prinfab with a repeat pattern. I also wanted to incorporate a 3D element to my fabric like I had previously looked at using a layer of organza and creating balls in the fabric.


My final piece.


More up close details of my final piece.

Overall I was happy with how the project went and although there were a few things I would’ve changed to my final piece I think I learnt a lot of new techniques and processes within this project.

This project also helped me to realise that I would like to focus my practise more on textiles, which has ended up being the course I have applied for at university. I made sure within this project that I experimented with a lot of textiles techniques in order to widen my knowledge and ability as well as help to expand my portfolio.

Thanks for reading, and the next post will be on my second project ‘Grids’.


Creating bold prints

My Work

Although so far, this is only my second post on this blog, it has taken me ages to get around to doing it. I think I may have slightly underestimated the work load I would be expected to do for my foundation degree, as well as how long things would take. Thinking creatively and coming up with new ideas is something I have always loved and been something that kind of comes naturally to me, however its still something that I can get out of practise with and it can be tough to get back into. My life’s been pretty hectic recently and time management hasn’t been a strength of mine. However I am determined to get back into the swing of things, and make writing blog posts part of my routine, I am going to aim for at least one post a month from now on.

Anyway, on to the actual blog post regarding some of the work I have done recently. At college we took part in a printing exercise to get us being expressive, and not caring too much about being neat. I love being expressive with my artwork, and actually its something that I find a lot easier than creating something very neat and accurate. I much prefer viewing abstract art with strong, energetic brushstrokes and marks so I have made this part of my own practise as it is something I feel a lot more passionate about. Therefore I found this exercise extremely enjoyable, because it was encouraged that we let loose and create something that includes abstract patterns. For the printing we had to bring in any found objects that were circular/spherical, as this is what our upcoming project would based

We were instructed to produce lots of printed surfaces to later collage together for one final piece. I used a range of surfaces including newspaper, tissue paper, calico fabric, coloured paper and even tin foil. Something I have always considered an integral part to my artwork is that it includes captivating textures, so that people feel drawn to touching and feeling the work, as this is something I personally love doing. Another thing I always want to be present in my work is striking colour. This is so important to me since I intend my work to be bold and abstract, so colour is something that is a key part for me. Therefore I was determined my print work would include lots of colour and texture. We printed using a range of acrylic paints with the circular found objects, creating interesting patterns.image3sketchbook-2

I decided to use a colour scheme of bright pinks and yellows, with details in black and blue. Firstly I prepared the surface by either using a palette knife or a big brush to give a background for my prints to be applied to. I used objects such as bottle tops, plastic cups , bubble wrap and small pennies to print with, layering big circles with smaller ones and adding some intriguing patterns to the paper.


I loved doing this and I feel that colour and texture is a strength of mine, which I think I improved at during the session. Once all of the pieces I created were collaged together I think all of the prints really worked well together and the artwork as a whole was successful. I think the print has a kind of space-age feel to it with the bright, neon colours and tin foil next to more detailed and energetic circular prints in bold black paint.


Things got quite messy at college on print day…


The final outcome

Overall I loved doing the prints, and the final outcome is something I am quite proud of as I think it is something I could include in my portfolio. I think this type of print is something that would be perfect for use in bold fashion pieces or even within interior design to add interest and an abstract artistic element. This is something I think I will try a lot more of within not only my projects but also my personal artwork.

A Summer Project

My Work

For my first blog post I thought I’d give a little insight into the initial project I did for my foundation degree.

Over the summer we were set a small project to be completed before we began the course in September. The aim of this was to keep us thinking creatively over the summer and to give us a little introduction into the types of things we would be doing over the year. The brief said that we should take 30 or so photographs of things we found visually interesting. Whether these photographs were taken at big summer events such as festivals and holidays or just a day at the park didn’t matter, as long as they were striking images. We were also told that the photos should try to be fairly close up, so that instead of incorporating on a whole landscape, we were focusing on a small part and the textures and patterns that make this up.

This project excited me because I was itching to get back into the creative swing of things, and also to try out some photography. I’ve never studied photography but it’s always been something I’ve enjoyed and I was kindly sent a brand new DSLR camera from a family member a couple of years ago which I never really got a chance to experiment with; so this was another exciting element.

Here are some of the photo’s I took:





















We were also instructed to create a sketchbook working from the photo’s we took. I decided to do a few small sketches and some more textural, abstract pieces from my pictures;

I was happy with the work I created for this project, I found it a very useful activity to do to help me prepare for a year of experimenting with art.