A Textile Vocabulary – Nature’s Larder – Observing & Recording 2


Previously I had decided to do some impression style pieces next, I was going to use the white cabbage but in the end it just felt like an unidentified Moroccan tea seed day. I made a simple cut out and had some fun with an acrylic paint spray bottle making a circle shape like the seed in its pod and then laid the seeds in the pod to define first the seed and then the actual pod.


It was quite apt that the results had a passing resemblance to eggs with the day being Easter Saturday. 


I particularly like this shot of the whole page before the actual seeds were shaken off. Working in black and white is a real challenge and I just can’t help sneaking in a little bit of colour.

The left over paint splattered seeds I make into a collage with gel medium reminiscent of playschool pictures made with pasta shapes.  I’ve been thinking a lot about childhood today and the beliefs instilled in us at a young age about food as a treat and  a gift and how this impacts on the lives of adults, me included as they battle through an Easter weekend of excessive offerings of food whilst knowing that for their health and well being they need to resist.  The collage was amaturist and not very satisfactory so I took a few shots of it with my iphone to make it more dynamic.

The cabbages are starting to wilt now, not too smelly yet and displaying some nice dewy wetness. The green cabbage is soft but still holding together well so perfect for making prints. I used white emulsion paint brushed onto the veined side of the leaf to make some prints and then because the layers of the white cabbage are breaking apart, I took advantage of this by using them as a stencil of a cabbage shape outlined with the spray acrylic paint. 



The little cabbage tops are still stable so I brushed them with a specialist cupboard paint, testers from DIY stores are perfect for trying different paint formulars. When dried this paint acts as a resist and I experimented with different strengths of black drawing ink painted over the top of the prints to generate images with the impression of texture.

The actual piece is a bit of a hotpotch and I was very impatient when it came to letting the paint dry but I can definitely see me using this technique again, using more control in future. 

The painted leaves gave me a nice opportunity for some arty photographs too.  I have some with colour too, but they are for another day.





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