Blimey I got stuck on this exercise! It seemed so much to do! The thing I felt most confident on (collage) I left till last then got a massive block and didn’t finish for a long time. I know that the possibilities of each of these methods are endless and want to show a ‘decent’ cross section but also start/concentrate on the basics. I also wasn’t massively impressed with the results – many of my pages look very pre-school which turned me off the exercise a lot!
 Fixative transfer didn’t work for any of my magazines but did work for gardening seed catalogues. I found that rubbing over them with a pen worked better than pencil or crayon

Bleach didn’t work on some of my papers and fabrics (nylon lace, bright felt and polyester were unaffected) it worked best on the bright red tissue that came with my OCA folder
Spraying acrylic mixed with water with stencils and with just the spray bottle
Stippling and sponging with stencils with acrylic

Rubbing away and combing with gouache

Block printing with bottle tops, corks, fingers, stamps, foam stamps, comb etc

Crayon rubbings and wax resist

 I liked some of the effects and know how I might use them in the future – actually DOING some of the techniques opens up further uses – a very valid exercise even if I didn’t like the results as much as I could hope! This has been quite a long time in the making, I hope I don’t get as ‘stuck’ on future exercises.

Kim Debling is a Hampshire, UK based designer and Director of her own company Kestrel Design Ltd. She is mum to Rose and Harvey and wife to her best friend Steve. ¬†She’s fighting off Stage 4 Lymphoma and sharing her story along the way, mainly via YouTube. Kim is passionate about being happy, mental wellbeing and in particular art and creative pursuits as therapy during tough times. She teaches online at Udemy, has published books and has art and printables available for sale.

Project 1, Stage 2, Exercise 4 was last modified: April 30th, 2015 by Kim Debling