Natural Bundle Dyeing
By Laura Barritt
I perceive with my little… sketching tools
Focus on learning to comprehend your own unique ‘perceptive-markers’ and how to use these to create an artwork.
Create three artworks by sketching an object and developing it by using different materials.
1. Collect all your initial materials. This could be a pencil, paper, charcoal or a pen.
Wander around your home and garden until something (an object) grabs your attention.
Note down the first 3 points you notice about the object.
Look again! Note down 3 more.
Example – This plant in my garden really caught my attention. Watch the film [07:18] to hear me talk about why I it caught my eye.
What did I notice first?
What do I notice when I look again?
Start to sketch (from the object NOT from a photo) being mindful of the weight of your line. Is it heavy? Thick? Wispy? Thin? [10:00]
Try to bring out those features that you noticed about the object in point 2.
Positive or negative space? Choosing how to use space is very important. It will create a different focus point for your artwork and also change how you will use your materials. I decided that negative space was important for me to use as I wanted to focus on the shape rather than the detailed form itself. [10:50]
Developing Tone and Value [11:55]
4. Adding Colour
Add colour or play with patterns. Look at your sketch – what could make it develop more fully? Consider adding colour/colours or textures/patterns. [13:06]
Consider using your artwork to develop it using another material. I used oil paints in my piece, but what could you use? Materials will illustrate things in very different ways so it’s important to try them out. I like to try one I am comfortable with and that I know will work well. However, I also like to contrast this with one I think won’t work as this often leads to unexpected and interesting developments in your work. [15:48]
Thank you for taking part in the Cardiff Metropolitan University Art&Design Saturday Club Workshop. The next part will be live next week!
12-year-old Aelita Andre is an established artist known for her abstract paintings inspired by everything from nature to music
Colour – is your red my red?
Contributed by Laura Barritt, Cardiff Metropolitan University Art&Design Saturday Club
Laura has a background in Fine Art and Education. She is currently a PhD student at Cardiff Metropolitan University with a focus on adolescent artistic abstraction. She holds a Masters in research (MRES) from the university and has taught in a range of secondary schools for over 10 years. Cognition, abstraction and understanding abstract process of mind are core to Laura’s work.