Saturday, 20 August 2016

Chapter Two

Designing with shapes and layers

Make a collection of decorated papers using the methods from previous chapter and translate the shapes observed in photographs.

These are the photos I am using for this exercise

Photo 1 – Bruge                    Photo 1 – Belton                   Photo 3 – Corsham
Bruge canal 1     Belton 9     Corsham 2
Basic method
Image 2.1.1 - turquoise acrylic paint scraped back with rubber pencil to reveal heavy background of blue crayon
Image 2.1.2 – black/white acrylic paint scraped back with rubber pencil to reveal heavy background of blue crayon
2.1.1     2.1.2   
Image 2.1.3 and 2.1.4 – samples above cut and then re-assembled
2.1.3      2.1.4
Image 2.1.5 – sections from above samples re-assembled
Image 2.2.1, 2.2.2 & 2.2.3 – simple shapes and patterns taken from the photos above.
2.2.1      2.2.3     2.2.2

Images 2.3.1, 2.3.2 & 2.3.3 – Variety of papers and transparent trapped threads used to create shapes and patterns from photos.
2.3.1     2.3.2     2.3.3

Images 2.4.1 – photo 3 Corsham developed further.  Cut into shape of water pattern, then re-assembled.
2.4.1     2.4.2
Image 2.4.5 above cut again and re-assembled a second time.
   2.4.4     2.4.6
Image 2.4.4 is then copied four times as shown in image 2.4.6
Previous image is cut horizontally and re-assembled in Image 2.4.7

Re-composed on foil
Cut and torn papers and transparent threads re-assembled on foil background.
Images 2.5.1 – using photo 1 Bruge
Images 2.5.2a & 2.5.2b – using photo 2 Belton
2.5.2a     2.5.2b
Image 2.5.3 – using photo 3 Corsham
I have really enjoyed this chapter and I think some of the designs could be very useful.  I am particularly pleased with Images 2.4.4 and its duplication in 2.4.6.  The foil backing also looks effective and tearing the papers  in 2.5.1 and 2.5.2b left a lovely layered effect replicating the frothy water.  In 2.5.3 I assembled the design on foil as requested but I then took it further and put the results on a plain blue background.  I treated myself to some Intense Blocks recently and this was a good opportunity to have a play.


  1. A great series of atmospheric interpretations and the foil adds an inspiring glimpse of reflections. Enjoy your explorations

  2. Thanks for your note Judith and your continued support. Hope all is well with you. R