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FMP reflective journal

Thursday 11/5/17

Today I went into college to use some of the printing facilities for more experimentation. I wanted to try out different surfaces to print on before I definitely decided on what to use in my final piece, this would ensure my final outcome is the best it can be.

Using the same screen I had previously used in experimentation with this process, this time I printed onto a sheer fabric.

I really liked the effect of this and how the print became slightly faded making it harder to read. I think this would be interesting to try out alongside the technique of layering writing to make the writing become even more illegible. I also liked how when the fabric hung and folded other parts of the writing could be seen through the fabric.

I then experimented on canvas which I thought gave a nice textural effect to the print. However I don’t think this material would fit in well with my project as I think I like the effect of hanging fabrics and this wouldn’t necessarily work as well.

To experiment further I layered the sheet fabric on top of the canvas print which I thought was really effective. I liked the combination of the two and how it created a really interesting layered effect. This could be something I consider for part of my final piece possibly including it in a collage of some sort.

I then worked on another fabric similar to calico which did give a nice effect but some of the ink ran and smudged a little.

I also experimented on tissue paper as I thought this could be interesting for a similar see through effect of the sheer fabric. However it was much to delicate as when I pulled the screen off part of the paper ripped. This is a surface I don’t think I will re-use in my final piece.

Finally I tried another sheer fabric which again gave another really nice effect.

This time I also tried a bit of layering which worked well on this surface. I think that using a couple of pieces of sheer fabric in my exhibition alongside a more dense fabric such as cotton would provide a nice contrast and add a lot more interest to my work.

I found this experimentation really useful as I now know which surfaces work best with print so I can decide on what I will use in my final piece.


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Monday 8/5/17

Today I did some printing with the screen I made last week. I started by creating a simple black print repeating the design.

This one was on white card. Parts of it was a bit more messy than I had hoped but this is a really simple and easy way to get a detailed design as a print.

I also did the design in black on fabric which I really liked the effect of.

After leaving this to dry for a while I came back to add some coloured layers to my work. I created a pink ink and printed on top of the fabric piece I had done to give a layered effect. I was happy with how this turned out I really liked the effect of layering different colours, to add dimension and detail. 

I then did another layered piece on fabric this time being a bit more messy. I did a few laters using the remaining ink on the screen to give the faded effect. I also mixed together a couple of different shades of ink which I think worked well. As I have experimented with throughout my project I really like the effect of layering text.

I think through more practise the technique of screen printing got easier with better results. Therefore I will continue to experiment with this using different techniques as this is something I want to refine before I use it in my final piece. 

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Thursday 4/5/17

The final piece of research I have done is looking at artist Biagio Cepollaro who uses collage and layering.

I wanted to work in the style of this artist so I decided to create a collage of the mono prints I created.

Firstly I started cutting up parts of the mono prints that I thought would be interesting in a collage. I then tried to arrange them in a way that was visually pleasing.

This was the final design I came up with. I like the combination of bright colours along with the black pieces too. I think this style is nice because there is a lot going on and I like the textural layered effect. By cutting up the pieces in this way this also adds the the abstract effect because the words cannot be read but become marks and patterns.

I then glued all the pieces down and added a few smaller more delicate details to give it a more refined effect.

I was happy with this piece however I think it would be more succesful if it was a bit more toned down and refined. I like the effect of bright colours however I think it would be best to stick to one or two tones to stop the design becoming too over the top.

This lead me to experiment in a different way.

This time I cut up smaller shapes of the prints to collage on only parts of the page instead of covering up the whole page. I also decided to stick to the prints which had pink/purple tones to stop the piece becoming too much. I quite liked the geometric effect of using rectangular shaped this time. 

Once these were stuck down I then worked over this base writing in the layering style I have been practising. I used a few different medias for this to give more depth and detail.

I liked this effect however I thought writing on top of the prints kind of made them less effective as the detail was lost. Therefore for the next experimentation I decided to do the writing first on the page then stick the collaged prints on top.

This time I used less bold colours and thicknesses of pens for the writing because I didn’t want the writing to become too much it was just there for a background and addition of detail. I liked this effect and I think that the collage worked better on top of the writing. 

I would like to continue with collage techniques.

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FMP reflective journal

Wednesday 3/5/17

Today we were given a demonstration on screen printing.

We used cavas frames, screen mesh, duct tape, screen filler and screen drawing fluid to create the screens. 

First we stapled the screen mesh to the frame ensuring that there was a lot of tension. Then we sealed this using duct tape. 

We then drew on the screen drawing fluid using a paint brush for the design we wanted, letting it to dry after. 

Once it was dry we covered the screen with screen filler using only a small amount and a card to spread it out. Once this was dry we washed away the blue screen drawing fluid leaving the design on the screen. 

The screens are now ready to be used for printing which we are going to do next week. 

I found this extremely useful as it is a technique I have already researched into to use in my final piece. However using these chemicals are a cheaper alternative than using the photo synthesiser I have seen which is something I will think about. It was also a good way for my to practise the screen production before I go into doing it for the final outcome.

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FMP reflective journal

Tuesday 2/5/17

Today I started my second sketchbook which is going to be filled with experimentations, plans and workings for my final outcome of the project. 

From all of the research I have collected so far and documented in my other sketchbook I will now start to pull together ideas, concepts and techniques to allow me to create a high quality final outcome. The experimentation in this sketchbook will be much more refined as I know what I am aiming to create and I am trying to develop my own personal style. To begin with I decided to look at my research so far and pull out the areas I was most happy with and think are the most successful. By doing this I hoped to be able to work towards deciding how I could bring them all together in a final outcome, potentially combining methods. 

From my research my favourite pieces were the ones I did working in the style of the artist Simon Hantai. This was because I really like the effect of the layering up of writing and how this has an affect on the legibility and abstract nature of the work. I particularly like the colours I used in these pieces, I always want my work to bold in colour and I like to use bright tones but I also think the addition of black details helps to bring it all together. I hope to use this style in my final outcome by layering writing issuing bold and bright colour.

During my research on Maria Wigley I enjoyed using free machine embroidery to create writing using stitch. I think this adds texture and detail to the written pieces which is a nice addition. I think I could use this in my final piece to add more detail. 

I also really liked her pieces where she screen printed writing onto silk scarves. This has inspired me in my own ambition to create a series of printed fabrics inspired by handwriting. I could also try combing this with the stitch technique.

I was pleased with how my cyanotype experimentation I did. I like how the white writing really stands out against the blue background. This has inspired my idea for my final outcome because I really want the writing to stand out in this way in my prints. I could do this by using white ink on a coloured fabric. 

I then explained how I want to try and bring all of these together for my final outcome, through lots of experimentation. I want my pieces of textiles to work as abstract pieces of art singularly as well as collectively together. My main concept is to create textiles that portray writing as a genuine form of art and abstract pattern. Therefore the writing wil not be able to be read fully allowing the reader/viewer to see my work and make their own meaning.

Later today I went and did some prints for my experimentation. 

I did monoprints working from the poem again.

Originally I wrote it out on tracing paper and flipped it writing over it to make sure that the writing was the correct way round since monoprinting created the design flipped. However this technique was extremely difficult attempting to write backwards which made the work a lot less expressive as I had to concentrate quite a lot. 

The result of this was that the writing still wasn’t very neat and not the effect I was looking for.

Therefore I tried writing normally giving the effect of flipped writing which I actually preferred. I think this worked much better because the writing was much more natural and flowing giving a nicer, neater effect. For this one I also found that the writing came out much more defined and I think this was because the ink was left to dry a bit longer.

I experimented with different coloured inks and I found that some worked better than others. I think for the bottom picture the ink was too wet which is why the writing wasn’t as defined.

I also experimented with coloured paper.

These ones came out well I used a fine liner for these which I think helped with the defined outcome.

I also liked these ones with the combination of bright pink and black.

I found this experimentation really useful and I was happy with some of the outcomes. I think I will use these prints in some collage work I want to do.

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Saturday 15/04/17

Another artist research I have done is on Simon Hantai who is a French artist. 

He created a canvas over the period of a year and he wrote and rewrote texts that were dear to him, day after day on the huge canvas. He superimposed and layered the texts until they were illegible, using inks of different colours which created the pink colour that appears mostly. I wanted to study his work because I liked how he uses a lot of layering of writing which makes the writing become illegible lines and scribbles similar to what I have been experimenting with so far. I was also attracted to his use of colour as this is something that is really important to me in my own work so I want this to be prominent in my own work. 

I experimented in the same style as this artist. For this piece I wrote out the poem I have been using throughout my project being very expressive with the writing and layering up the writing over and over. I also used a range of different colours of marker pens to create this piece which I think was a successful technique as it gives the work much more of an artistic feel. I am happy with how this piece turned out overall and I think I will experiment further with this styles possibly trying with more colours, scales and materials. 

I then experimented with layering in a different way through the use of tracing paper to give an extra layer of writing. I firstly did a piece of writing in a similar style as before straight onto the page using black pen, and coloured markers. I then did another piece of writing on a piece of tracing paper using black marker and different coloured markers. I think this layered affect was a good experiment and gave a good effect. I like how some of the text is visible underneath through the tracing paper which gives the piece more depth. I also think this technique helps to make the writing much more illegible which is the effect I am looking for.

More experimentation

I would also like to experiment with this on big a piece by doing pieces of writing each day in a similar style to how the artist worked as I think this would be interesting to experiment with.

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FMP reflective journal

Tuesday 21/03/17

Today I have been continuing with my research. I analysed the primary research I collected yesterday by looking at how people write and the different styles people have adopted. 

This was really useful because I found that there were lots of different elements that people include in the handwriting styles. Some people are a lot more artistic in their writing and add a lot of extra elements such a curved lines, italics and extra joining lines. On the other hand some people purely write for the purpose and don’t think too much about the appearance. This has helped to reassure me that handwriting is an art form because everyone has a different style and people can really express who they are through their handwriting. It also made me realise how personal handwriting is because it can be used to help identify someone and when looking at my primary research I instantly knew who had written a couple of the responses because they are my friends I know well. Handwriting is really unique for each person, kind of like a fingerprint and can serve as part of someone’s identity through expressing someone’s character. I am happy that I did this primary research because it has really helped to add some depth to my project as I have really analysed the style of people’s handwriting. I think once I repeat this focusing on how age can affect handwriting this will add even more to my primary research. 

We also had a group discussion with my tutor group where we all explained where we were up to with our projects. This was interesting to find out the areas other people are looking into. 

I then began to present some of my secondary research for my first artist; Maria Wigley. She is an artist who primarily works in stitch who is interested in the similarities between handwriting and drawing which is what attracted her work to me. She uses photography combined with writing to express memories of places which is something that has interested me into possibly experimenting with. I also really like her print work she does which uses writing in a much more expressive way which creates abstract pattern which is something I want to eventually move my project into. 

I now plan to work in the style of this artist by experimenting with writing with stitch with normal fabric as well as soluble fabric. As I think this will help me to decide the area I want my project to focus on in relation to the techniques I use for my work.


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.