This time I created this rose using origami paper. I really love the colours of this rose and the shapes and curves created when curling the paper to create the petals. However I think for these paper roses ordinary paper such as copier paper works a lot better than origami paper. The copier paper holds the shape a lot better when creating the curves in the petals. The origami paper however springs back a little and I felt that the curves just didn’t hold well enough, I was having to do a lot of them again in order to create the petals as accurate as possible.
I like the aesthetics of this rose mainly die to the colours, but the use of origami paper for this is not as successful as the use of copier paper..
More photos from the Steven Hood exhibition
Steven Hood Exhibition
Today I went to the Steven Hood exhibition. His work ranges from very abstract to more obviously landscape or figurative. A lot of his work involves heavy use of texture, which relates to my FMP due to that very fact. I loved the texture, very thickly applied, other pieces where reductive with what looked to be texture created by removing paint. It made me what to touch the work, just to know what it felt like. (Don’t worry, I didn’t)
I couldn’t help but feel it did lack in information though, Unlike most exhibitions there are no hand outs of information on the artist or the works, just lists of the names of the work. The artist himself was busy so asking was not really an option. I didn’t really like looking at such abstract works with no explanation at all about the piece.
It kind of makes me understand more why tutors always tell students to make sure they explain how they got to the end point, I was looking at these works and thinking “how did he get to this?”.
Origami Paper Paintings
The other 3 origami paper paintings, as explained in Part 1
Origami Paper Paintings
When I was trying the origami roses I started with normal coloured paper, Neil had mentioned using actual origami paper, so I got some. And it did make the roses a lot easier to make. It made me think, if I can use normal paper to make origami would using origami paper to paint on work? So I chose 6 pieces of origami paper, each a colour of colour palette, which I decided to paint a section of the rose onto in the colour or the paper. I used my dabbing technique, doing everything the same way I would if it where normal paper.
Considering the weight of the origami paper is quite low I was surprised it held out so well, it didn’t seep through or make the paper soggy. It did wrinkle it a little bit I quite like that as it adds even more texture. Overall I was surprised that the origami paper turned out to be a good surface to paint on. I’m glad I decided to try this out because only by stretching the limits or intended purpose of a material do you find out what else you can do with it.
Reference Photo Edits
Initially I just thought I would play around with picsart to see what other effects might look good with my reference photo. I used effects like watercolour, neon, black and white and emboss. I put some kind of sparkle effect on which in some of the edits looks a little like white specks of paint. I really like the embossed edit (Bottom photo) because it looks very textured and almost like a type of wallpaper.
The black and white edit will be a very good reference image for me to use if I do decide to create a monochromatic version of my painting to incorporate into the FMP. I am definitely leaning towards doing so because when it was suggested to me my initial thought was that it might look out of place. However the more I think about that the more it actually makes sense to me because with having such a bright piece I think it would be good in terms of showing that not everyone can see those bold bright colours.
I thought i would explain why i use a dabbing techneque in a lot of my painting work. As the short video shows it is great for texture. By putting a lot on the brush and applying the paint quite thick onto the paper it allows clumps and raised sections of paint. Once dry these create such a interesting texture on the surface and removes the look of brush strokes within the work because there are none.
I have mixed orange many times and the results have always been quite good. However i just couldn’t get ir bright enough. So i bought this, cadmium orange. It’s exactly what i want, bold and bright, easily lightenes or darkended.
Red one Alisons, blue one mine. Photos are of a few stages of the folding process and end result.
We decided to try the origami paper. It folds much easier but it also springs back a little too easily when trying to curl or shape edges.
Maybe all it needs is a bit more practice to stop the springing back.
Origami paper is here. Hopefully this makes it alot easier. It’s so much thinner than the normal paper i have been using.