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Distant Stitch 3, module 1. Chapter 2.

(A )Making Coloured Papers.

In chapter one I was asked to research star shapes. In this chapter I had to think more about colour and choose a colour scheme to work with.

I felt I had not really done as much sketching as I should have so I took this opportunity to draw plants and think about their colours at the same time.

.Coloured sketches of flowers.Coloured sketches of flowers

I did not have coloured inks to hand so I played around with mixing pastels with water. This gave strong colours and covered the paper well although on some papers it was a bit grainy when it dried .  I sprayed the papers with fixative to set the pastel.

I used a selection of papers including newspaper, brown wrapping paper, cartridge paper*, some of which had ink drawings on it already, photocopy paper (recycled), sugar paper and blue **and white tissue paper.

The blue tissue paper was a better quality than the white which almost disintegrated  when the water was added but I was able to save pieces.

*I covered the cartridge paper with a mixture of yellow/orange colour. As I did this the ink which I had used in a previous drawing reacted with the water and flowed naturally over the paper. It was  a lovely surprise! Unfortunately I do not know what or where the ink I used was to repeat this. While the ink was still wet I mopped it up with other papers adding to my collection of mixed papers.

** The blue tissue paper could be used without adding colour but I did add some to a sheet. The colour had an interesting effect on the front and back of the tissue paper.

I used brushes, burnishing and sponging to create textural marks on the papers.

blue to purplepurple to indigo

yellow, orange and gold mixed with purples and bluesA variety of coloured sun shaped stars golden and orange.

The above are  samples of the papers I dyed. Putting these samples together was great fun and I enjoyed creating the star designs with them.

As well as creating colours within the same families, yellows-oranges and blues to purples I layered these too. This can be seen in the lower left examples shown above.

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