I love the way this experiment with acrylic on brown paper seems so rich and reminds me of expensive furnishing fabric.
First of all I did some pencil sketches, the first one is unintentionally reminiscent of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s signature rose design.
Then I did a chalk version which has nice colours, but not enough texture for my liking.
In this image I printed the background using some corrugated cardboard with the top layer stripped off. Then applied more acrylic colour with a broad, straight-edged brush and finished with a gold pen. I love this image. It probably appeals to the fabricky part of my brain. Again, it looks like an upholstery fabric already.
I made this image by rubbing over old buttons with wax crayons.
Then I did some sketches from different areas of the original image. I was happier with the overall effect of the original image though,
so I reproducedit using collaged magazine cut-outs. I really like the effect this gives and I can see the potential for further development work.
I enjoyed having a scribble with some charcoal I found in Grandpa’s old art case on some heavily textured watercolour paper.
I found this produced some very fruity sketches, more development opportunity here too.
This was a rubbing I did of the seat of a Bentwood chair using wax crayon over a watercolour wash. I embellished it with a little gilt wax and love the fleur de lys design.
I develop the chair rubbing here and I am very pleased with the image top right. I used acrylic again and a broad brush and just did a free interpretation of the shapes. I think the bold colours work well and the outlines I did with the fat end of a chopstick just bring it alive.