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Story Boards

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1 story board for Mixed media course

1 story board for Mixed media course with inspirational post card

New this term at  Heart Space Studios is a course of 9 sessions – working with mixed media. Debby Bird and I  are working together – we both started with Paper for the first session – later in the term we will add Leather and Suede, or felted  materials for the vegans amongst us. Working over a prolonged time (18 weeks) means that we need to develop some overall colour scheme and theme.

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colour story/mood board for book, Colour on Colour – Janet Haigh

So we started with a show and tell of our own mixed media work and I showed the group a series of colour stories or mood boards used in textile design companies to show the atmosphere and colour gamut of a collection. I use the same system for showing publishers to show how my books will look.

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a old postcard collection is the inspiration for the paper project .

I brought in  a pile of art postcards and other images for everyone to choose 1 or 2 or even 5 – from this they each had to develop their own story board, isolating colours, textures from their cards. At home they can inject their own imagery and  details.

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just 2 postcards selected here, a Fra Angelico angel and a modern quilted vest; but the tone and the colour is immediately apparent.

the  selections were very different from one another….

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selection of stronger colours and images Indain Painting , a Korean gown and a Polish naive paining.

we also offered a whole table full or wallpaper samples, Japanese papers, maps, books, tissue papers, paper-lace doilies, Chinese New Year Money – anything and everything to give inspiration

 

wall paper samples ready for selection

papers ready for selection

soon everyone was  at the table – it was a veritable feeding frenzy

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a flurry of paper selections

then the room went quiet as everyone tried to make some sense out of what they had chosen and the editing began…the first step of design.

discussing what to choose and where to place it

discussing what to choose and where to place it

slowly the selection became richer and more subtle.

one simple   strong textile provides inspiration for a beautiful clear and rich colour gamut

one simple strong textile provides inspiration for a beautiful clear and rich colour gamut

lots of variations follow…subtle and softly coloured,

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wide selection of subtle coloured and printed papers

and even more variations….

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rich strong colours elicited from 2 cards – a modern embroidery and a mosaic arch from 12th century Ravenna

some people just believe that more is more – as do I!

wonderful array of ripped papers from the Heart Space stash

wonderful array of ripped papers and fabrics

then when everyone was settling down Debby showed them  how to dye papers using simple wax resists……

preparing papers with resist dyes.

preparing papers with resist dyes.

subtle and refined papers were prepared when attention was given to the original post card images.

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2 papers subtle papers have been prepared by studying the worn surface of an old painted door

now these could be added to the mix. and attention given to the type of cutting or ripping and alignment of the papers to reflect the atmosphere and colour of the original selected postcards – learn to trust you initial instincts when starting a new design

cutting refined outlines when adding prints

cutting refined outlines when adding prints

eventually everyone managed to resolve their ideas into a piece of collaged work to take home and add some  more personal embellishments.

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softly coloured story board romantic and refined

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vibrant collage with strong sense of rhythm

 

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fresh and jaunty board of layered toning papers

Story Boards are a visual statement of intent – so we will be drawing everyone’s attention back to their finished board each time we sample a new technique over the coming weeks ….watch this space

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