Sunday, June 14, 2015
Vintage Textile Design Collage
The middle pink floral stripe on this collaged journal page was something that had been tucked away for about a year. A European decorating magazine had a center insert of some vintage border prints from the 1700s. My art training and specialization is in textile design, so I loved seeing the artist's pencil marks and measurements for the repeat. But use it? noooo...until today.
I carefully cut it out and used matte medium to adhere it to a reject watercolor. Next, I used a black ink pad and stamped three shapes that I had previously hand-cut. I added a strip of harlequin paper to give it a zetti feel.
The top middle had a triangle of beige where the artist had sketched the pattern's repeat. It looked empty, so I masked off the area around it with tape and stamped a Balzer woodcut design to fill in the space.
To break up the striped effect, I added a blue butterfly that was printed on translucent paper.
It needed words, so I hand-wrote BELEIVE. (I had just returned from the Bronx Botanical Garden Frida Kahlo show and was feeling inspired.) Rather than using a black marker, I chose a black "scribe-all" all-surface pencil, which I dipped in water to get some shading variation and gradation. Around it I used it's twin sister, the Aquarellable Watersoluble white pencil. I used the pencils as accent not only to write believe, but as black dots and white accent around the butterfly and to soften some of the background color.
I really like the black and white water-soluble pencils. I have many watercolor pencils and often use them, but somehow I lacked basic black and white, so these are an excellent addition to my art supplies.
Last, I added some tiny inspirational words that were printed on Avery clear peel and stick labels. The small size and horizontal orientation balanced the large word nicely.