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Experimenting with Japanese Shibori Patterns

I’ve been quiet on here for a while but have been busy adding digital scrapbook kits to my shops on Etsy and Creative Market.  One of the kits has indigo blue shibori patterns, developed from both tie dyed fabric and paper.

Indigo shibori Digital Paper Pack by Liz Plummer - printable for scrapbook paper, DIY wedding invitations, envelopes, etc

This photo shows some of the things you can do with the shibori paper

Shibori is a Japanese tie dyeing method of making patterns, usually in indigo.  In Japan, this traditional art has some amazingly complex stitching designs: the act of gathering the fabric acts as a resist so that the dye only reaches the parts that haven’t been gathered tightly.  Sometimes it is pleated and clamped.  When I did my City & Guilds in patchwork and quilting we wrapped it tightly round pieces of drainpipe and pushed it down really hard then poured the dye over it. This produced some really striking patterns.  Here is the account of how I dyed one of the patterns in the kit.

I have a book by Yoshika Wada called Shibori: the Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing.  The patterns shown there are varied and awesome.  My patterns, in comparison, are relatively simple.  I’ve mixed them with watercolour stripes and dashes.

I’ve got a Shibori board on Pinterest if you would like to see lots of examples.

Apparently the word ‘shibori’ comes from the verb shiboru which means to wring, squeeze or press, and denotes the process of manipulating fabric, treating it as a 3 dimensional form rather than a 2 dimensional surface.  Michelle Griffiths, a textile artist based not far from here in South Wales, makes amazing sculptural textile designs by leaving the cloth in this dimensional form.  I’ve pinned some photos of her work on the board on Pinterest.

The digital files in my kits can be used for scrapbooking, digital journaling, wedding invitations, to make envelopes and other stationery, or as blog backgrounds or for the new style Etsy cover photos.

I uploaded one of the patterns to Spoonflower and ordered a metre of it when they had a half price sale on their eco canvas. Here it is hanging on my design wall.  I think I’m going to make a bag out of some of it – I quite like this design.

a yard of Shibori pattern by Liz Plummer printed by Spoonflower on eco canvas

I like the faint, subtle markings where the dye just stained the paper a bit as well as the more vibrant parts.

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Etsy shop reopening

For a while now, I’ve been trying to decide which direction to take my art, and have been gradually accumulating a huge pile of scanned textural papers from playing around in my studio.

Exciting news – for the last couple of weeks I’ve been working hard developing digital downloads from my painted and printed papers. I’m planning to sell them in my Etsy shop as kits for digital scrapbooking and art journalling. The big unveiling is being planned for Saturday 14 November!

Here’s a sneak preview of one part of one kit …

part of a mixed media background kit

This is part of my ‘circles’ kit, lots of different types of circle prints

 

If this is something that you might be interested in, sign up for my newsletter, where I also plan to offer subscriber-only discounts and freebies. There will be an extra special discount for the opening weekend!

 

my workroom table

This is what I’ve been doing today, you can’t see much of the table! Apologies for the blurriness, I took it on my phone and edited it there

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Train ticket art progress

Here are a few of my most recent #trainticketart pieces.

train ticket art with Red flower with starry centre

Red flower with starry centre

 

In this photo there are several tickets which I placed on my gelli plate to keep them from moving.  I then used a hand made bunting stamp on them.  I will add details to each one to finish it off.

home made bunting stamp across several train tickets

Lots of tickets all lined up having background stamps added.

 

Background gelli print with red flower stamp on top.

Background gelli print with red flower stamp on top.

 

Yellow bird painted on to altered train ticket

Yellow bird

 

inspiration for this is a medieval tile with picture of deer

I drew this from rough sketch of a medieval tile in the British Museum (it’s supposed to be a deer!)

 

purple and red watercolors painted in shape of leaves

Colourful watercolour doodling!

 

watercolour painting of wisteria branch on train ticket

This is a painting of a branch of wisteria

 

black and white lace design

Another lacey design using texture from gelli print as background

 

red, green and black printed on train ticket

The same red flower stamp as above (these things can be very versatile!) , plus part of a thermofax screen map partly covered by green paint

 

In addition to my trainticketart, I have been busy uploading some of my patterns and designs to Redbubble , which is a print on demand service where you can buy custom designs printed on to all sorts of media such as canvas, photographic prints as well as cushions, leggings, ipod cases and even duvet covers!  I am planning to add more over the coming weeks so if one of my designs catches your eye, why not treat yourself?  If you have seen one of my patterns online that isn’t in my shop yet, drop me a line and I’ll do my best to put it there.  This could even include the trainticketart if I scan it in at a high enough resolution.

Some new gocco printed Moleskine journals

It occurred to me that I haven’t put any pictures of my Etsy shop listings on the blog for ages, so here we go!

gocco printed Moleskine journals 

This medieval city journal has been selling well recently.  It is based on a Dover publication of some medieval woodcuts.  I printed it, embossed it with gold embossing powder and then painted it with watercolour paints to bring it to life.  They are all different.

medieval city journal

Here is another variation:

medieval city journal

Here is one that has just been printed with brown ink.  I have them in unlined or lined notebooks.

medieval city journal

This is a new one too.  It has been printed twice.  First with the yellow spiral design, then with a new design of a street in France.

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Here is another variation on the French street, again embossed and painted with watercolours.  It is a lot more abstract than the medieval city.  I do like the way that printing with the Gocco is so adaptable!

French street

Here is another new design.  It shows a boat in the harbour in Bristol with houses behind.  It has been printed on a beige moleskine cahier and then I’ve added a blue watercolour wash over the top.

Bristol boat

And lastly here is Honfleur Harbour in Normandy this time with a blue watercolour wash over it.

Honfleur harbour

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