Thursday, 11 December 2014

Module 4-Chapter 2-Experimenting with Silhouette Portrait cut-out designs

I tried to use my own "design" with my Silhouette portrait, starting with a simple word I scanned into my computer, then transformed it to cut it out. (design Silhouette 2)

Silhouette 1

Silhouette 2: cut out by Silhouette

Silhouette 3: a rubbing made from the design above, made Derwent inktense blocks

Silhouette 4: The cut-out words "List" were glued onto paper, rubbed with Pentel oil pastels, then painted with black 

Silhouette 5: rubbing done with the design above, then painted

The Silhouette recognizes simple designs with strong colour contrasts, without any problems.It's certainly interesting to experiment with more complex designs based on callygraphy.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Module 4-Chapter 1 Lettering and Folders - Part 1

I started by collecting different items .like stationary, envelope liners, which show very fine but interesting designs, strings.... The stamps add some color, the close-up in pic IY1b show the detail and the beautiful autumnal colors. Everything was glued down on brown packaging paper





Various office ,,, producing interesting rubbings

Rubbings done with inktense  blocks, then watered down


Various systems for keeping documents could be found on the internet. (I'm afraid but blogger wouldn't let me turn some of the pictures). These range from simple envelope style folders/systems to more sophisticated ones.




Simple folders used in the office for transmitting documents

The following pics show some "folders" found in a book on making paper. I particularly like the accordion folded booklets that have an insert for keeping cards or other items in IV1k and IV1l.

The following hand-made books show some very interesting methods of binding.




Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Module 4-Chapter 1-Lettering and Folders-Part 2

The following examples of lettering were found on the internet and show the evolution from early lettering (cuneiform script) to "modern times" lettering. It's interesting to see how this has changed over the years: from the very elaborated medieval writing to refined lettering that can sometimes be found nowadays. But even the very colorful street art graffiti could be considered as an art form of its own.

IV1m and close-up




 IX1q: street art graffiti

IV1r: fonts on my computer

The following examples show some interesting calligraphy where the letters are hardly recognizable, 





I can only recommend this beautiful book, it's not a traditional calligraphy book. The letters produced are based on rythms and patterns found in nature. I could have scanned in the whole book, each page is a work of art.

Here are some examples of my own handwriting done with a "Bandzug"calligraphy pen which has a square tip. I tried to vary the size as well as the way the letters are put together to form a pattern where the letters are not "readable" any more.

 calligraphy 1

calligraphy 2

calligraphy 3

calligraphy 4

I treated myself to this wonderful little machine, the Silhouette Portrait which is a hobbyplotter. It cannot only cut materials as paper and fabric among others but the software allows you to play around creating your own alphabets and shapes, which can, in turn, be cut out, welded, filled in with colour......

The following are examples of alphabets created with this software. When cut out the negative shapes could be used to form stencils. In pic IV1z the cut-out letters were glued together and scanned in to form some sort of pattern, which, in turn, could be scanned in, cut out, etc......I still don't know all the features of this wonderful  machine, but I think it has enormous potential.


IV1y (for the 3 pics above)


 The following pics are cut out from various magazines and show different styles of lettering

The more you look, the more you see: Different lettering styles can be found everywhere and the pictures presented here are by far not exhaustive, so I'll probably post more throughout this module.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Completed accessory

I decided to make a tassel out for the threads coming of the plaited cord. This could form an interesting feature if worn with the dress with a "décolleté" on the back