One of the things that came to mind was water and when I thought of water I thought of bubbles so I started to experiment with them. Here, I just painted some simple bubbles and used dyes and water to add colour. I also used a little bleach to create a transparent,shiny and reflective effect like bubbles normally have. I want to experiment further using actual bubbles and different coloured inks. I chose bubbles because there is so much you can do with them and so many different effects that can be created from them.
Here I have used bleach to create bubbles. I chose to do this on black card as it stands out and is more effective. I really like this as it looks like realistic bubbles. I definitely want to take this further by incorporating it into fashion illustrations and any other work that I do. The only issue I faced whilst doing this technique was that the bleach was going everywhere. To solve this I put material on the surface I was working on and also some gloves and an apron to prevent me from getting bleach on me.
Here I have done the exact same as my previous sample except I have used colored procien dyes. I chose to do this because it is relevant to my theme and it has quite an earth feel to it. To develop this further, I want to sew into it and layer different patterned papers with it. I could see this being on a background of a scene or fashion illustration.
Here is something I found on Pinterest. I found it from a page called simplelittlehome. This inspired me a lot because rather than drawing actual bubbles, the idea of printing with actual bubbles intrigued me. I decided to test this out in my own work.
I decided to experiment using actual bubbles. Firstly I mixed up some washing up liquid along with water and procien dye into a large tray. I then used a straw to blow into the mixture to create bubbles. When I placed my paper into the bubble mixture, I wasn’t happy with the results, hardly anything could be seen on the paper. I then attempted the same method a few times but every time, I changed up the measurements of the liquids to see which one I needed more of and which one I needed less off.
Regardless of changing up the measurements, I didn’t see any changes in the results, so I decided to try something different. I mixed up the same mixture but this time into a plastic cup. I then blew into the straw and transferred it onto paper. I was very pleased with my results. I did this on normal paper and also tracing paper. I then layered them with a sheet of screen printed paper that I perviously prepared. I wasn’t satisfied with my results, it looked really boring. I decided to sew into it. This really made the texture of the bubbles stand out and gave it more life. I am overly pleased with my results and will definitely be doing it again.
I have been researching through many resources, one being Pinterest. Here is someone whose work really got me excited and inspired. https://uk.pinterest.com/source/alanburjohnson.com – Need to get checked? can’t click.
Alan bur Johnsons work demonstrates the human relationship with the natural world. Although he has incorporated insects in his work, I admire the style he has worked in and the colors he has used in some of his work. From a far distance, some of his work look like little water droplets which relates to my theme. I really like the way he has used fragments and created one big beautiful piece. Here are some examples of his work that inspired me.
This is just some of his work. His website provides much more work and information about the artist himself. https://www.artsy.net/artist/alan-bur-johnson – Get checked-linked.
Hedy Yang is and artist who specializes in ceramics. She incorporates bubbles in her work and the outcomes are amazing! I first heard about Hedy when a friend sent me a video over social media. I instantly looked her up and wanted to see more of her work. I love how unique her designs are, I have never seen anything like it before.
Here is the video that was sent to me.
Some examples of her work
By looking back at my work, I felt I didn’t do enough work in it related to bubbles so I created two pages on it alone. I incorporated different materials and textures like velvet and plastic just to add a bit of realism into my work. I stuck with the colors blue and black to link all of my samples and everything together, this way it doesn’t look random.