Saturday, March 1, 2008

Leap Day Activities

What did I do on the extra day of this year?
What else ---- I went to a workshop.
I took a 2 hour trip with a friend to a small village down on the South Coast of NSW called Mogo.
Mogo is one of those lovely little places that are craft dedicated and you can spend hours just wandering in and out of shops and the food is fantastic (well what we had was)
We had a 3 hour class in Japanese techniques for dyeing papers.
Even though I had done some of the things before it was nice to sit in a small classroom (it could only take 6 students) doing something that was so relaxing (and messy) on a beautiful Autumn day in pleasant company.
One of the techniques was called Orizomegami ---the art of paper folding and dipping in inks to form patterns.
I am always amazed at what you see when you unfold the papers.
The first 3 pages are in this technique...and we used rice paper and writing inks.







The next technique is Paper Batik....
We brushed wax on the paper first in strokes and then gave the page a wash in yellow watercolours.
Then we brushed on more wax and applied more colours after the wax dried.
When the papers were dry we ironed them between paper to get rid of the wax.
I rather liked doing this and in the comort of my own home I will do lots more .







This last piece of paper was used to clean out the ink containers .....




What a great day......

15 comments:

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Nice bright colours Doreen! I really like the look of the wax technique..VERY cool.

Janet said...

Wow....these are all so vibrant and rich looking. I love the colors in the first ones especially. And I even like the paper you used to clean up with!! What a fun day you had.

Joanna van said...

These look great Doreen! What a fun day.

Nellie's Needles said...

FUN! Will these techniques find an application in fabric?

Barbara said...

gorgeous result...my pupils at school also made a lot of these japanese paintings....I love the bright colours and the thin paper....
Regards Barbara

Penny said...

What lovely papers, must see what inks I have.

Robin Mac said...

The resolution I made last week that I wasn't going to buy anything more till I have used up what I had has just gone out the window - I need to buy some inks to try this!

MargaretR said...

What a wonderful day you had Doreen!

Sandy said...

What a fun day. Your papers are nice. Sandy

Judith said...

Dooreen, these are fabulous, what a great extra day and class it must have been. I to classes, learning is so much fun.

Jacquelines blog said...

You must had a lot of fun, these look lovely Doreen.

sharon young said...

What a great workshop, Doreen, You've made some great samples, I must have a go at this. Thanks for sharing it with us.

katelnorth said...

wow, very cool. good use of that extra day!

Lalhezar said...

Doreen - these look absolutely fabulous and even better in real life. I love them. Suzanne

Julie H said...

What gorgeous papers! And that sounds like a lovely class.