Photoshop; Cartoon

During this session of using Photoshop we were taught how to make a cartoon of an image and this involved using tools such as, pen tool, the pipette, and learning how to make a selection, choosing a colour from the image and then applying it. I chose an image of myself and started to use the pen tool. I found it difficult to get the pen to curve around the circular shapes, so parts didn’t work so well as I wanted it to. However it was my first time using it so I will definitely practice more to gain the skills. After you make a selection, you use the pipette and click on a certain colour, then press ‘alt + delete’ so it fills the selection with the chosen colour. Below is my outcome from using this technique.

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Introduction to Photoshop and Illustrator

Photoshop: Today’s session with Steve was very relaxed as it was just an introduction to Photoshop. I can’t wait to learn more complex things to gain more skills as a textile designer and progress further ready for second and third year! We were creating layers and using the shape tool to create a simplistic pattern. My current digital design doesn’t link in with the trend I’ve chosen as I haven’t taken any first hand imagery for ‘Urban Beat’ yet, however, my plan is to do that on Wednesday. (Because my friend is able to drive me around!) I’m going to visit abandoned buildings to gain inspiration for the trend and hopefully take some amazing shots with my Nikon. I want to capture interesting colours within the grungy, dilapidated buildings.

For now, I chose simplistic designs and was generally getting used to the software as I’ve only ever used Photoshop to edit my own photographs. As colour palettes are key to a successful design I made sure to choose colours that go well together. Below are the outcomes I managed to produce within the time we had. I would like to progress further with this and efficiently as it’s so useful and very exciting!

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The first two designs were minimalistic with no background what so ever, then I started to play around and made a background of stripes and polka dots, I found this to be really affective as it enhanced the front layer a lot. I will keep this in mind when creating upcoming designs for ‘Urban Beat’.

Illustrator:  I really enjoyed looking at illustrator as it’s fun and you can be really creative and manipulate the shape tool. We were playing around with the shapes and changing the colours, also the outline. I liked this the most as you could get a textured piece by doing this. We also learnt how to group shapes to make them become one when moving it across the canvas. I really enjoy learning new things as I haven’t used illustrator before. My designs were simplistic, I decided to stick to rustic colours for ‘Urban Beat’. Below are two different images of the pieces I was working on. The circles below were grouped which made everything easier. I also really like the colour palette in these pieces.


First session of Print Screening in CASD

I’ve print screened numerous times throughout my artist journey and my first experience was during A level and we used a stencil. It wasn’t the easiest way to print as you couldn’t have any detailed designs. I then went into foundation art, which I thoroughly enjoyed as it was more in depth compared to a level.

the little thumbnails above show previews of what work I’ve done in the past.  Laura Ashley was a massive inspiration for these pieces which I contacted the store and got many free samples! I loved using nature and floral patterns for my inspiration as it works well for repeat patterns.

Step by Step process:

  1. Draw design, must be black and white.
  2. Coat the screen with photo sensitive emulsion
  3. With design, use cooking oil and leave for 3 mins under exposure unit.
  4. Leave to dry and rinse out image until completely clean.
  5. Tape the sides so no white is left only your design.
  6. Use binder to mix and create your colour.
  7. Get fabric ready and squeegee to then print design.

Using a wallpaper book in the library to gain inspiration for my screen print. Using two colours give it an interesting mood, the bright pink fading to the darker colours give it a darker feel. This inspiration has also come from alternative clothing companies, such as Hell Bunny. I think their clothes and designs are stunning.

I wanted to put two things together that somehow show a juxtaposition, hence why I used the two colours, and put a bow and roses with thorns together. The design overall went really well as a repeat pattern. As this is only a sample I will try develop this further with perhaps using stitch on top. Here is my outcome:

Over all I love this process and cant wait to do it again.


Mothers Of Africa

Here are my two designs I’ve worked on over a number of hours. I painted the backgrounds the previous week to make an African theme pattern, using the colours and shapes. My inspiration came from the first sessions of mark making. I love the technique so much I used it to gain a feel for the shapes and patterns in Africa. The first image is me using free machine embroidery to get  a silhouette effect of the trees in the deserts. I am pleased to take part for the Mothers of Africa charity and looking forward to seeing the quilt, which will be donated and to raise money. The charity is there to support the women in childbirth. The number of women in Africa who die from complications in pregnancy is 1 in 6. I hope that our quilt will spread awareness of this.


Presentation Of My Final Pieces

These past few weeks have allowed me to experiment with old and new techniques. I have really enjoyed working with the dissolvable fabric as it was something new for me. It was challenging, and I couldn’t get my head around it at first, this is because every stitch has to join! I have also learnt that your design has a different impact on various materials. I liked re-visiting batik and transfer print technique as I thoroughly enjoyed those in my Foundation year. Shibori was new for me as well, and I was fascinated with the two shibori pieces. I used the clamping technique which makes the result of your sample random. I loved the applique technique, this was new to me and I was pleased with my result.

I have chose these 12 samples to exhibit for my final presentation as I found they were the best and  stood out to me the most. The top three worked really well and I thought of the likely possibility of using them as a collection. During the peer feedback I received lovely comments from my group. They particularly loved my jellyfish, which at first was just a transfer print. (image) Shown on the left hand side, I wasn’t pleased with it as I found it dull, however, I’m glad I kept it as I then went into the stitch workshop and was overwhelmed when looking at the hand embroidery. I added French knots on the top left to create movement and the decorative stitch going down for tentacles. Having them intertwining and going various ways also creates that movement of the sea and how they react when under water and floating.

Having done that with the jellyfish, it made me think how you can always improve your samples when adding particular things to make them stand out just that little extra bit.

You can see the left was where I started with the transfer, using the cranberry colour. I’m glad I kept this sample and didn’t chuck it away when I wasn’t happy with it as it just shows the massive improvement.




This Tuesday we had an introductory to dyeing fabrics and looking at shiborii; an ancient Japanese ‘fold and clamp’ technique that resembles tie-dye. It allows you to get folds and textures within fabrics. Securing it before dyeing to allow various shapes on the fabric.

I used moleskin and silk one time and there were three colours available in the dye baths, which were yellow, pink and green. I used the yellow, as you can see in the second image. It was very vibrant. I used marbles and tied them with elastic to get the 3D affect. I was pleased with the outcome and tried it with the pink, without the marbles and just string to get the ‘splashed’ affect. Another time, we had red, blue and green in the dye baths. I was using the clamping technique with circular shapes to create a pattern on the calico material (see above images) I had left some in for a long time to get a really dark colour. For example, the bottom left image, I kept in over lunch so it had over an hour to absorb the dyes, I was pleased with the outcome, however the dye had evaporated and so this meant my piece of fabric had sunk to the bottom where it gained the pattern from the bath. I will still use it and keep it as a second best sample. I love the various colours on each sample, some are pastel and others are vibrant.

Tuesdays in the print room.

Tuesday is the day we get to experiment in the print room,  I had a vague idea of what we would be doing because of the previous foundation year, I tried transfer printing and found it really great so I was looking forward to using the heat press. From the Mondays session I took inspiration from the mark makings I had done and used mesh material and bubble wrap to create surface pattern. This is shown in these images below

I started to experiment with the different colours, as the dye looks different on the paper compared to when its been heat pressed onto fabric. I was unsure about certain colours but really liked them as soon as they were on the fabric, it’s exciting to see the results when you take it out. I used a feather on one of them, which I didn’t particularly like. If I was to do it again I would definitely use more feathers instead of just the one in the middle. Personally I find that it looks odd. I also didn’t spread the paint well enough as you can see brush marks on the background. The second, I was over layering colours, and I actually like the mixture of the blues, purple and pink. The third is a jelly fish, I do love sea creatures and think they are great for textiles with the patterns they have. I am going to develop this further by stitching on top of it and sewing beads on. I then used block colours in a circular motion with the paintbrush to see the various tones and saturations. The last was a floral design, which colour be developed and repeated. I used complimentary colours of turquoise and pink as I think they go together so well even though they’re opposites.

I also love the method ‘batik’. It is satisfying having the undyed piece left with the design you’ve made using hot wax. I used it on normal paper after stretching it and also water colour paper which I believe worked really well. You can get some really stylised designs which I have been looking at on Pinterest to gain some inspiration.


Here is some of my own work, using Batik. When using the tjanting tool I always rush my ideas without thinking of a strict design like the artists have in their work shown above. When I get the time to revisit this method I will definitely have a design ready for me to use. The colour scheme in each one is repetitive, as I think they work well together, however I would like to try more blues and greens instead of the purples and pinks. The great thing about batik is that it works well on fabric, water colour paper and photocopy paper.