(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.
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.
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.