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.
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.
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 …
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Here are a few of my most recent #trainticketart pieces.
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.
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.
It occurred to me that I haven’t put any pictures of my journals on the blog for ages, so here we go!
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.
Here is another variation:
Here is one that has just been printed with brown ink. I have them in unlined or lined notebooks.
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.
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!
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.
And lastly here is Honfleur Harbour in Normandy this time with a blue watercolour wash over it.
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