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Coral design and monoprinting

On one of the Yahoo groups I belong to, we’ve been discussing monoprinting and I remembered doing some at college for my City & Guilds. What we did was to take two pieces of glass, put some acrylic paint on one of them, slap the other piece of glass on top of it and then pull them apart. The paint would then go into fantastic patterns and could be printed on paper (or fabric, I suppose, but we used paper).

These are some of the designs from it:

paint effects cut out and put on board

For the course, we had to compile what is called a Full Working Design. This is essentially designing something, presenting it in a folder or another appropriate way, as if you were doing it for a client who had commissioned something. But we didn’t actually have to make it.

For one of my Full Working Designs, I used one of these coral shapes to design a cushion cover. I cut out the painted shape and used it as a resist with some transfer paints. Here is the sample from my folder:


I used papers printed with tranfer paints in streaky green/yellow colours and red/orange colours. I printed some polyester fabric with the green/yellow colour first, then laid the coral-shaped resist in the middle and overprinted with the red/orange colour. That is how I got the design. Then I trapunto quilted it to raise the coral design slightly. Maybe sometime I will make a cushion cover like it!

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Online Courses 5: Distance learning City and Guilds

Today I’m featuring City and Guilds courses by distance learning. These differ from the previous classes because they are a lot longer and lead to a recognised qualification. I did not do mine by distance learning, but in a local college, but belonged to the cityandguilds Yahoo group which was set up by a number of people who were taking these classes, as a support network. I think most, if not all of them involve students sending work to the tutor for critique and some of them also have summer schools. The following are the ones I know about:

  1. Sian Martin does the Certificate and Diploma for Embroidery. Many of the members of the above Yahoo group were studying with Sian and were enthusiastic about her teaching.
  2. Linda Kemshall teaches Patchwork and Quilting, Creative Sketchbooks and Creative Computing. She has a Student Gallery so you can have a look at the work her students are producing. She allows you to pay for just the first module in order to find out if her course is for you, before paying for the rest. You can also pay module by module (there are ten altogether).
  3. Opus Online has a vast array of courses including Embroidery, Patchwork and Quilting and also a Degree in Embroidered Textiles. I don’t know much about them; they have a gallery too, but it isn’t as comprehensive as Linda Kemshall’s.
  4. The School of Stitched Textiles teaches Embroidery, Stumpwork and Patchwork and Quilting. They also have a number of gallery pages showing students’ work. They offer payment by instalments too.
  5. These are the only ones I can find at the moment, although I think there is one based in Swansea too. If you know of any more or have any experience of the above, do email me or leave a comment!

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Sea shapes

blue paper painted and cut into wave shapes

These were made by putting the paint directly on to the paper, laying another piece of paper on top and pulling them apart. After the paint was dry I cut it into wave shapes.

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Coral and sea effects

paint effects cut out and put on board

I haven’t had many photos on my blog so until I get going again with my sewing now that the kids are back in school, I thought I’d post photos of the sea design board which I did for City & Guilds. I spent today clearing up and altering a couple of skirts which have been sitting there for months waiting their turn so hopefully with things a bit tidier the creative juices will flow again…

Anyway, we made these coral/seaweed effects by monoprinting with acrylic paints. This was achieved by taking two sheets of glass, smearing sea-colours of paints on one of them (green, blue, white etc), placing the other one on top of the other and then pulling them apart. This causes the paint to make patterns like this which can then be monoprinted on to paper by pressing the paper into the paint. You can get a couple of pieces of paper prints from each piece of glass but you have to do it quickly before the acrylic dries. You can probably do it on fabric too – must try this sometime!

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