A spurt of creativity last night and this morning.
First off, a new print block.
This is part of an ongoing project based on the theme of Horizons. I have been using the the Medina al-Zahra is Southern Spain as my inspiration for this.
This print block is made with my favourite technique - using childrens play foam sheets which you can get from places like The Works or Hobbycraft. I literally blew up a photograph from my Medina collection, used a soft pencil to mark/draw on the the photograph the lines I wanted to transfer, then turned it over and pressed again onto the foam. The lines transferred enough to give me the template to cut out.
I just stick the cut foam onto a piece of stiff card. Then I marked the detail using a soldering tool. Now, dear reader, this does give off pungent fumes so if you use this technique you do need to do this is a very well ventilated space (it certainly isn't a technique to take to a workshop!) so WhippetX and I had the back door open - on a very chilly March evening!
And here is the first print off this block - in one of my sketch books.
I was happy with this, and felt no more tinkering with the block was needed to went staight on to try it out some more (by the way I am using a fairly fluid acylic paint here - again one from Hobbycraft - it's like a Golden Acrylic I think - but it isn't that brand).
These are printed onto papers prepared from that old recipe book. I described the process here.
Now, my thinking is to work on these paper backgrounds a bit more and then use a service such as Fingerprint to get the papers printed up digitally onto a single piece of cloth and then quilt/embroider. The top piece I feel has more potential. I was thinking about entering this into a Contemporary Quilter's Guild Challenge, but I don't think the orientation of the piece will be right. I need to go with my gut instinct here, and while I love the idea of entering a piece don't feel I can compromise to fit the brief (or at least not with this design). But this is a WIP so we'll see.