Module 5 – Chapters 1&2

Texture in landscape

The design inspiration for this module was textures found in natural landscapes.  I am a frequent visitor to my local beach and am always impressed by the huge variety of rock formations and fossils that I observe there and so decided to use this as the basis for this module.  I started by taking some photographs of rocks there, representing some of them in paints and inks and then applying some effects on the computer.  These are shown below:

imageImage 1.1:  rocks with different shapes and textures, some smooth and some sharp edges, some hard and some flaky.

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Image 1.2                           Image 1.3

Images 1.2 and 1.3 show sketches in inks and pastels of rock formations.  Image 1.3 shows interesting wave-like formations in shale rock.


Image 1.4 – layers of hard rock, shale and rock pools creating layers of colour and texture.

image Image1 .5 – thick and thin veins of white on grey

image Image 1.6 – naturally formed ‘cobble pavement’

image Image 1.7 – huge ammonites – wavy white lines on grey.  Smooth ripples.

image Image 1.8 – smooth loaf-shape blocks – rich orange, gold, cream and grey

image Image 1.9 – Image 1.8 represented in paint


Image 1.10 – cracked surface, rough layers, sharp edges


Image 1.11 – contrasting shapes, textures and colours


Image 1.12 – Layers of strong blocks, pebbles, smooth flat shale and flowing, bubbly sea weed

Images 1.13 to 1.15 below show examples of different effects applied to the photographs to try to accentuate the shapes


Image 1.13


Image 1.14


Image 1.15


Chapter 2 – Paper relief investigations

In this chapter I investigated the qualities of different types of white paper.  For each type of paper I tried tearing it in different directions and folding it to see how it creased.


Image 2.1

In image 2.1 I tried:

Handmade paper:  this was difficult to tear in a line, but it pulled apart well to create soft edges.  It folded well and created a stronger shade where it was folded double.

Old envelope:  this ripped in straight lines when tearing along the grain of the paper.  It was opaque and so didn’t create any change in shade when folded double.

Newspaper:  tore in irregular shape with nicely jagged edge, but the print detracted from the shape of the edges.  Folded with sharp edges.

Parcel wrapping paper:  this ripped in straight lines when tearing along the grain of the paper.  As it is not transparent it didn’t create any change in shade when folded double


Image 2.2

Tissue paper:  tears well with natural looking edges.  Folds with sharp creases and change in tone created where folded double.

Waxed tissue paper: lovely paper as it creates a soft fibrous edge when ripped which is slightly whiter than the rest of the paper.  Creases with sharp edges and creates a change in shade created where folded double

Bottle wrapping paper:  folds easily but no change in tone.  Rips in straight lines and layers come apart creating variety of shades.

Draftsman’s tracing paper: creates a an interesting rough edge when ripped .  Creases with sharp edges and creates a change in shade created where folded double.


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Dressmaking pattern: pleasing fibrous texture along edges when torn.  Folds with sharp edges and change in shade when doubled.

Lens tissue:  doesn’t rip in a straight line; creates soft blurred edges. 

Deli paper: tears in a straight line.  Folds with sharp edges and slight change in shade when doubled.

Cartridge paper: Tears in layers.  Folds with a sharp edge and little change in shade when folded double.

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Image 2.4 shows an experiment to see the effect of scrunching nine different papers up.  Each piece was A4 in size and was scrunched down to fill the 1/9th section of an A4 page.  The papers were, from top left, clockwise:  Waxed paper, bottle wrapping paper, parcel wrapping paper, tissue paper, toilet paper, recycled tissue paper,  newspaper, handmade paper and, in the centre, dressmaking pattern paper.  This experiments showed that some of the papers form stronger shapes when scrunched.  For example, the thicker papers such as parcel wrapping paper and newspaper created harder edges where they were folded.   The tissue paper and waxed tissue paper were still slightly transparent in places and created less pronounced shapes.


Manipulated tissue paper

Using tissue paper, I tried a number of ways of manipulating the paper to see the effects.



Image 2.5

From top left, clockwise:  torn and creased; strips snipped across and then folded; torn creased and hole-punched; fringed and twisted; twisted and knotted;  scrunched; creased into lines; torn and twisted in strips.


Image 2.6

From top:  gathered tightly; gathered in patches; block shapes torn and trapped under creased layer; block shapes torn and trapped under smooth layer; small pieces scrunched and trapped; torn and woven.

This chapter has demonstrated to me the variety of effects that can be created from simple layering and manipulation of various papers.  I can see several which will lend themselves to representing my rock surfaces.