In an effort to expand my artistic horizons, I decided to see where a gouache exploration would take me last weekend. It turns out, it took me somewhere surprising.
As I was painting and layering in my favourite botanical go-to style, I made some very interesting marks.
A few days later, I decided to see how they would appear if I turned this pattern into a bold surface design. Using Spoonflower and then Roostery, I was able to mock up a few items and they look pretty awesome to me.
The mirrored effect, rather than the regular repeat pattern created a very interesting effect.
Mirrored Meadow (bold) and its smaller sized version simply called Mirrored Meadow, will soon be available as fabric on Spoonflower. The items shown above should be available on Roostery in a week or so.
I will definitely start integrating my artwork into my surface pattern design in the future.
Today I decided to experiment with my paints and wanted to see how the high pigment but matte quality of gouache and the equally unique pigments in my metallic paints would play against each other.
I really like the result. I used a high quality archival Touch marker to outline my forms.
I feel as though I may have been channeling Klimt.
This is a piece I completed this week. I used metallic acrylic paints and I accentuated the colour blocks with ink linework.
I did not use a canvas but rather a sheet from a mixed-media paper block from Papier Canal Papers (a machine-made paper company located in Montreal) which I purchased from DeSerres a few weeks ago.
The unusual format of the paper block was what I was attracted to first and then to its one rough edge. It’s unframed right now but that could change over the next few weeks.
This is a piece I worked on during the last week of 2016. I used a sheet of paper I had tucked away for over 10 years. It’s truly a one of a kind.
I loved working on this paper and started searching online for more. To my dismay, there nothing really like this anymore.
All is not lost! I have discovered a new interest in this process and plan to continue my mixed media exploration on quality handmade paper.
I am lucky and live in the Montreal area and found Papiers Canal Papers on Saint-Patrick Street in Montreal. They make a variety of machine made paper which is fabricated from fibres left from clothing industry offcuts, white tee-shirts, blue denim and flax straw from farmers.
My next projects will be using this type of paper. More to come!
Size: 24×36 inches framed
My latest design has been uploaded to Spoonflower as of this morning. It’s called peas and onions. I am excited to see my three designs in real life. Coming soon!
Once I receive my sample proofs, I will officially start selling them. I can’t wait!
In the meantime, you can take a look at them on the Spoonflower site directly by clicking on any of these three images.
peas and onions by josyan mcgregor
rings and things by josyan mcgregor
quand le soleil by josyan mcgregor
A few years ago now, my long-time boyfriend and I stopped on the side of the road to take a look at one of those random yard sales. This is the only thing I purchased that day. It’s a beautiful graphic example of what I love best. Bold and simple flowers with the colours I am drawn to always – yellow, orange and green. What can I say, I am a child of the 70s and this is my aesthetic. I love to have my breakfast (only) in this plate and before it’s deteriorates further, I wanted to take a picture of it to remind myself that even everyday things can be a source of inspiration.
Plate: Snowhite – Johnson Bros – Made in England – Stoneware, Garden Party