Project 1 – Stage 2 – Exercise 4

For exercise 4, I experimented making marks using the following ideas:

Rubbings: Putting a textured surface under the paper and rubbing with a crayon. This one was great fun, I have always enjoyed rubbing to create a textural image so was right at home with this. It’s amazing how many textures you can find all around you, mine were found in and around my home.

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Wax resist: Making marks with a wax crayon and washing over them with paint / ink. I would have liked to have tried out some batik using melted wax as well but sadly my wax pot is broken at the moment so it will have to wait until another day!

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Bleach: Using undiluted bleach on coloured tissue paper, I also tried ink and felt tips. Thoroughly enjoyable & messy. The effect achieved was very pleasing and appeared almost instantly – which perhaps sadly was quite exciting! Luckily I didn’t manage to spill the bleach but the dog does now have a nose which is an interesting shade of blue – ink sniffing is not a great idea Poppy!

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Stencils: Simple shapes cut out of card and stippled, sponged or brush painted through. Again this is something I have done before but decided to use a combination of colours to add interest. The diffuser was not terribly successful. To be honest I found it in my art box and decided to give it a go, it was the one I last used at school on my first ever textiles project about 22 years ago!!! I think I need more practice!

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Crayon Scratch: Building up layers of coloured crayons then scratching back to reveal underlying colours. Everyone’s favourite as a child, I can vividly remember fireworks emerging from a black ‘sky’. Having experimented with this again it makes me wonder why I haven’t used it before in my design work – this will definitely be rectified in the future!!!!

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Combing: Painting a thick layer of Acrylic paint then scratching marks into it whilst it was still wet. This was not as successful as I had hoped, however it could be developed on I’m sure. I just need to practice more.

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Block Printing: I experimented with combs, a sellotape holder, bottle tops and pasta. I love making my own printing blocks and do it regularly so I thought I would stick to found objects for these experiments.

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Rubbing: Scribbling on the page with soft pencils then removing marks with a rubber. I also tried using blutack instead of a rubber which created softer marks. The soft drawing pencil worked well but the coloured pencils were not as easy to remove…maybe softer ones?

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A really interesting exercise which I really enjoyed. It definitely helps to free your mind a bit and try new ideas.


About Julie Hooker

Having recently returned to my roots in Surrey, I am currently studying a BA Hons degree with the OCA. My work is often inspired by the local countryside in the beautiful Surrey Hills area and the wild rugged nature of the North Cornish coast. Steam engines and abandoned industrial history are also recent themes. A free machine embroiderer and felt maker; I like to explore the use of natural, found materials to create my art, whether that be as raw materials to stitch or weave with or as a material with which to produce dye or print with. Previously, I completed City and Guilds parts 1 & 2 Creative Embroidery at the East Berkshire College in Windsor in 2007. I was also awarded first place in the wearable art section of the National Quilt Championships 2008 and 2009 held annually at Sandown Park.
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