Experimenting with portraitureI like glass perfume bottles and have collected them over recent years. Can you see the little one in the collection below with the glass strands around the outside? Graham gave it to me for a Christmas present about 5 years ago.
If you've decided to join in the TOH Portrait Shuffle, you might be wondering how a perfume bottle fits into the theme. You may also be looking at your blank A5 canvas and wondering what on earth to do!
To help explain, the TOH gallery at Festival of Quilts this year will be about portraits and will be full of quilts and textiles made by 27 different artists, and their work will be very different from each other as it will be based on their own interpretations and how they identify themselves and others.
Some of the accompanying text to exhibition:
A portrait can be almost anything, from a face to a bouquet of flowers. It’s an open term allowing for discovery, experimentation and interpretation of self and others.
A perfume bottle is an interpretation of self in that it is about my loves and relationships, and perhaps says more about what makes me tick than an image of my face.
Image 1: Making a background using a stencil and waterproof pen.
Image 2: Filling in the stencil shapes with some marks.
Image 3: I've left a perfume bottle shaped hole!
Image 6: A wash of white paint tones it all down a bit, and provides a better background for some stamping.
Image 7: Adding texture and text with stamps, and a final layer of gel to seal it all and lift the colour with shine.