Indigo sketchbook

20150104a20150104bThis sketchbook was first seen 9-Jan-2015, freshly made and ready to go. Most days since I’ve been working in it, trying different media to see what results I can get.
Some general lessons:

  • The paper (110 gsm cartridge paper dipped into an indigo vat) was very absorbent. Thin colours like inks and most felt-tip pens just soaked in leaving little trace.
  • The surface was very fragile. If the paint on a stamp was too tacky the paper’s surface would lift away with the stamp, leaving white paper, rather than the paint being deposited on the surface.
  • The surface would also lift if the book was closed while something was still tacky, with the paint adhering to the baking paper between each page.
  • It was hard to find the right media in the right colours to stand out against the busy patterning of the surface.
  • It was easy to lose the beauty of the indigo patterned surface by covering too much with opaque media.

indigo_sketch_32A couple of sketchbook pages didn’t make it in. Some were basically repeats. One was overstamped in indigo, which was awkward to do into the book format. The separate A3 page on the left was much better. I really like the effect of the layers of indigo – the initial full dip, then dips of various found things as stamps.
indigo_sketch_34indigo_sketch_31Another extra followed a suggestion from Nola to use coloured crayons as a resist before dipping into indigo. The results from my quick test were unexciting and I haven’t done a followup. I think more solid areas of colouring would work better, as well as sticking to the lighter colours like yellow and orange.

 

Reference

Issett, R. (2007)  Print Pattern & Colour for paper and fabric London: Batsford

1 Response to “Indigo sketchbook”


  1. 1 kath February 10, 2015 at 8:42 am

    love your indigo sketchbook Judy! it’s so beautiful. and great to see your drawings on the pages too


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