Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Frivolous Fun

I promised you frivolity in my next post.
You can decide for yourself if what I've been doing is frivolous but it has certainly been fun.
 
 
Working in my Frida Kahlo sketchbook, I've returned to paper cuts. I'd forgotten how much I liked them.

 
Stencilled with some coloured paints they produce another interesting page underneath

 
Turn the page over and stencil with black paint and it gives a totally different image.

 
And another page to work on underneath. Interesting left black and white... or painted with coloured inks.

 
Best of all I like the 3 D effect of looking through the paper cuts... on the black side...

 
and on the coloured side.

 
None of this is perfect... the paint has run, there are slodges and smudges but it doesn't matter. The point of the sketchbook is to play with ideas... have fun... be frivolous... and let ideas flow.

 
Which is exactly what has happened as I start to translate the ideas into fabric and thread and I know what I want to make for Frida

 
I'd forgotten how good it feel to immerse myself in ideas and I want to keep the momentum going. Unfortunately I've got some Schemes of Work to produce pretty soon for some upcoming City & Guilds classes... I think my dealine was the end of March! Ooops!

25 comments:

  1. I am really enjoying watching your creative process - as usual!

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  2. What gorgeous fun! I would have been pleased to have created just the papercut. I love the colours you have used and the stitched piece which came from all this.

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  3. did you cut these yourself Gina? amazing. you are so clever. I love creating with stencils. you can go on forever trying different ideas. it's translated into some gorgeous bright cheerful stitching. perhaps that's a sign of how much you were enjoying yourself?

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  4. I love the stitched piece, fantastic.

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  5. You can really see that you enjoyed this Gina - lovely joyful work!

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  6. Oh there's definitely a lot of fun going on over here, the colours are amazing and I just love your fabric flowers!
    V xxx

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  7. The colours are gorgeous, I love flowers developed from the cuts.
    Annya

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  8. Lovely effects. I really like the 'holes' and how you can see hints underneath. Am assuming it's fairly thick paper that you made the stencil from?

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  9. Looks like great fun Gina, are you taking or teaching C&G's

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  10. Lovely, very inspirational, Gina. Did you cut the stencils with a scalpel?

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  11. Lovely to see your creative process- the fabric piece is stunning. x Jo

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  12. That's fabulous work .Nice to know you miss deadlines as well.

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  13. Lovely! I am also intrigued to know how you cut the stencils so neatly.

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  14. Gina, stenciling and resist printing can just about always bring lots of fun and surprises, too.

    It's clear that you are enjoying filling the pages in this sketchbook.

    Some of the imagery in this post remind me of how much fun it can be to look at back lit leafy tree branches. All those transparent layers of greenery, with darker accenting branches...and at this time of the year perhaps a flower or three.

    xo

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  15. It all looks such fun as well as being interesting. Is there no end to your creativity?

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  16. Love this! Playing is such fun and makes the creative sparks fly!

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  17. All this frivolity has be itching to join in!

    (Memo to self ... start practising what you preach, make more time to play!)

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  18. I love this post Gina, both the work, and the fact that it sounds like you have got your enthusiasm and impetus back. Really look forward to seeing the results, in due course x

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  19. Beautiful work Gina. I love the versatility of this work/play.

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  20. Deadlines? Who needs them when you're enjoying yourself being frivolous. I love the juxtaposition of the black cut outs with the coloured image in the background. Like a deliberate mis registration that really works.Frida would most definitely have worn those flowers in her hair!

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  21. Loving all of it. Playtime is the best!

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  22. Love, love, love! Enjoy watching your flow of ideas and seeing where they lead you! Keep up the good work, Gina!

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