Design 2 Inspired by the couples love for entertainment and exo:c animals I wanted to include a design based on feathers
Feather scan I decide to start this project by scanning an image of several feathers, which I then put through the graphic pen ﬁlter in photoshop in order to show as much detail as possible as it as quite subtle on the original image.
Feather images I then used the scanned image to help me draw a series of feathers to turn into a paAern repeat using a hatching technique with ﬁne liner.
Layout experiments I started by scanning the drawings into photoshop and playing with the layouts, star:ng with various linear forma:ons but I ended up deciding on a more linear forma:on.
Colour and Filter experiments In order to make the style of the image match up a liAle beAer with the toile design I started playing with various colours and styles which might suit both designs, for the most part staying within the blue and grey colour scheme but occasionally adding greens and reds to see if I could make a more interes:ng image.
Layered blue and Green
Notepaper ﬁlter-‐ grey and blue
Green and blue notepad ﬁlter
Red and blue notepad ﬁlter
Scale experiments and drawing on with silver pen Here I printed out the designs in various sizes to try and ﬁgure out the best size for the design, I decided that the wallpaper would probably be more eﬀec:ve on the larger scale and the fabric on a smaller scale. At this point I also decided to experiment with drawing into the print outs in silver pen to see if I could get an interes:ng eﬀect but the result was quite messy.
Screen PrinBng I like the sketchy eﬀect of the design so far but It is a bit wiry and I decided that I could probably get a more interes:ng eﬀect is I made it into a screen print, having already played with scale I was aware that this would be a big design so as this was my ﬁrst screen prin:ng experiment I decided to only draw up part of the design for the ini:al samples to see if the design would work , the eﬀect works really nicely and creates a much cleaner ﬁnish then the drawings that have been used so far.
layering Here I have used the same design but I have used a darker ink underneith and a metallic ink slightly oﬀset on top which created a really nice eﬀect, the design works really well in this purple colour but doesn't’t follow the colour scheme, however as the company are likely to print the design in several colours a purple colour scheme would be a good
Working in Pen Again I decided to experiment with what the design would look like if I drew into it with metallic pen, unfortunately it isn't as eﬀec:ve as the original screen print.
Ink Techniques Here I decided to try and blend the silver and purple inks across the design to see if I could create an interes:ng eﬀect however the streaky eﬀect does’t work very well, mostly because the silver is too light and it is hard to see the silver part of the design.
Blue Having decided that layering a lighter metallic ink on top of a dark ink produces the most interes:ng eﬀect I then mixed up blue inks which go beAer with the original colour scheme
Final Wallpaper Design
Having had success with the samples I drew up a large screen with the whole paAern repeat I feathered the edges of the design do that when the repeat was printed there was no risk of a clear line at the edges of the repeat. Screen prin:ng the design was a but more diﬃcult to undertake then the samples as the screen was too big to print by hand so I had to pull the ink through with the help of a special arm, I also had to line the design up so that the paAern would repeat on the wallpaper seamlessly, in order to do this I had to ﬁrst set up my screen and print onto a piece of draKing ﬁlm which was stuck in the exact place the design fell which allowed me to successfully line the edges of the design up. The dark layer went on successfully but the oﬀset layers were occasionally a bit messy with the occasional mistake being made in lining up the designs but I printed a large amount so that I would have a neat sample to present. I also ended up with three layers rather then two as my ﬁrst aAempt at the metallic ink was too light, but it gives a really nice shadow eﬀect to the design which works beAer then the original two layers
Digital manipulaBon The screen print facility is only equipped for paper and not fabric so the design ill have to be digitally printed onto fabric, this proved to be more diﬃcult o achieve because of the scale of the design it was hard to get a good quality scan or photo of the design without areas of the f the design disappearing whilst ligh:ng the background so I had to spend a lot of :me Photoshop-‐ing out grey areas and then drawing in parts of the design so that the colour would be even and the paAern would repeat smoothly.
In the end I had to chn
Final fabric design The ﬁnal fabric design as put through the same colour ﬁlters and halKone ﬁlter as the ﬁnal toile fabric design meaning that they should go well together the only problem will be that as all of my designs are using diﬀerent print methods it is unlikely that I will be able to successfully match the colours