Hearts, Birds and Flowers.

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I’ve recently been inspired by Polish ‘Wycinanki’ – the decorative and expressive art of paper cutting. I like the use of bright colours and use of flower and bird imagery and thought this might be a popular choice at the sessions I teach.
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I was inspired to make my own rooster heart design after seeing this colourful Polish paper cut.
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Outlining the design with the auto-fade pen.
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Outlining with clear gutta serti resist.
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I’m rather taken by the use of black in the Polish paper cuts, so I decided to paint the heart background first.
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It helps to use a brush with a good point and hold it vertically gently pressing down on the tip to allow the dye to flow and give control in narrow spaces.
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Black painting complete, I rather like this look and can see black and white designs being great for cushions and quilting – another project!
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I’m drawn to the strong colours of the traditional paper cuts so here goes.
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Reds,oranges,blues and purple iron-fix dyes I managed to save after this weeks session at Center Parcs.
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I decided to paint the background a dilute blue .So many choices here!
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Sprinkled coarse sea salt on the background for a bit of texture. Wait 5 mins for the full effect.
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Drying the silk and removing the salt.
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The finished painting – enjoyable simple images to paint ,with lots of colour variations possible.
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Here’s another  lovely painting by Nicki, who painted this yesterday at a Center Parcs session and has inspired me to use the black too!
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Here are more examples of recent work with the ‘heart’ theme, produced in my 2 hour workshops at Center Parcs, Longleat.

 

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI hope to produce lots of variations on this theme this year, as I love the folk art imagery of  hearts,birds and flowers and enjoy seeing how different  colour combinations can be used.

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Hearts, Birds and Flowers.”

  1. Hi Jennifer,

    My folky cockerels bear no resemblance to your beautiful birds but it was great fun joining in your Centreparcs class on Tuesday this week. Your lovely work has inspired me to try more and I’ve ordered the Pebeo box of goodies. I will send you a picture if I ever progress.

    Thank you for a wonderful class, which I shall wholeheartedly recommend to friends who visit Centreparcs Longleat in the future.

    Best wishes
    Marion
    Weston super Mare

    1. Hi Marion,

      Thankyou for your kind comments, so glad you enjoyed the session last week.
      I’m so glad you have some dyes to play with and can now enjoy creating some lovely projects.
      Yes please, I’d love to see any photos of your progress and please let me or if you need any advice with the equipment.
      All the best,
      Jennifer

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