I made this book by printing and stencilling colour and shapes, mainly circles and diamonds with some freehand monoprinting, on to an A 1 sheet of paper, then tearing the sheet into pages which I then bound into the book. Laura Kemshall did a video on this some weeks ago and it certainly gives an interesting canvas to work on. I spent a while wondering how to take it further, then decided to explore the shape of trees and leaves. I used collage, more printing, drawing, real leaves and also cut away some of the original shapes to reveal the underlying page. Here are a few of the pages.
More than a year ago I did a workshop with Cas Holmes at West Dean, on using sketchbooks as a starting point for further work. I was not well at the time and felt I hadn’t produced anything worthwhile, but when I came to look at the work again, I felt there was a lot more there that could inspire me further. Here are just a few of the pages.
I have just been doing an online course called Pathways and Wanderings with mixed media artist Roxanne Evans Stout which I found full of inspiration. I produced this book on the Four Seasons. First I used a combination of watercolour paper and Khadi paper for the pages and to give more substance to the Khadi paper I brushed on a layer of gesso. Then I collaged all the different items until I was happy with each page.