Drawing and coloring techniques
Such as this simple wooden plate that has been transformed into a clock decorated with patterns from Islamic geometric art. Watch how :
For a slow and more detailed version click here.
OrnaMental maps technique
OrnaMental maps is a technique based on a half conscious way of creating patterns. You can integrate ornaments that you have discovered previously but you let yourself drawing and link patterns to each other with lines or empty surfaces. The map--like patters become, in this way, mental and ornamental maps et the same time. With this simple drawing and coloring technique, you can decorate anything. You can draw or paint on wood, on metal, on glass or plastique : any kind of object that you've found.
You can do it individually but you can also renew a piece of furniture together within a group. Each of you can work on a part of it, then you can link our ornaments to each-other.
You can document your work and share its story.
You can do it with an edited set of small videos and photos.
When working in group, you can set up the workshop in different manners. Either you work on the same object, either each of you picks up something else and you create a set of objects, like we did in the OrnaMental space project, to create a whole univers of objects.
If you do so, try to find a compromise within the group, for instance on the color scale you use, so that you can create objects which communicate with each-other, just like you when you're making them and document it.
You can begin by drawing the outlines,
and gradually fill your drawing with colors.
You can also draw ornaments first on paper, like these inspired by Arabic writing and machines. Then you choose details and adopt it on you object.
Use acrylic paint or ink. They have vivid colors, they dry quickly and you can use it on most off the materials, even on metal, glass or plastic.
You can even mix paint and ink for even more vivid colors.
If you the object you've found is imperfect, you can hide the imperfection with the paint like these mould stains on this red box we found in a local flee-market.
If you choose voluminous objects with large surfaces, pay attention to how detailed your patterns are. If there are too many details,you may need many-many hours to finish it.
Otherwise, you can choose to recycle smaller objects.
Or even very small ones...
Which you can transform into different object, such as jewelry
With small objects, such as jewelry, you can also practice the macro mode photography to show textures and details.
You can also learn more easily some basic tricks in how to touch up images, how to assemble them with text, etc.
It's far easier to work with them than with complex images.