I had to go down to Belper yesterday and as I was on foot I decided to go to the River Gardens which is behind Belper Mill, part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. I haven’t been down there for several years but I discovered that there were some great photo opportunities. Some of the peeling paint and rusting on the beams was amazing. This is just a small selection.
The river itself was not very exciting in the actual gardens but at the end of them is a weir and because the river levels are so high there were some pretty good patterns emerging.
In case you are wondering how the photo, bottom right came about, this relates to the title. I have been wanting to get back into printing digital art onto fabric and so have been playing with the photos that I took yesterday. This particular one was a water image, inverted, and layered with a photo of a watercolour page done many years ago. I then used the Difference blending mode. Many hours ahead with this I think.
Because I also wanted to try out my new printer I had to put together some other images that would be worth using ink on. All are A3 size and were printed on a silk/cotton mix fabric and are likely to be cut up and collaged into a larger piece. I haven’t made any final decisions yet. I have to say that the printer behaved perfectly so my next venture is to try it out using silk noil. I also want to try printing images onto previously dyed fabric. For two of these images I used a photo of my fabric (see below) as one of the layers. And I still have the fabric left – perfect!
And these are the printed pieces of digital art.
And now, because it is such a glorious day here, I’m going to remove myself from the computer and get out into the garden. I hope that you are having a lovely day where you are too.
Thanks for dropping by