Yesterday's day out has inspired this week's quick creative experiment.  I couldn't get those Gothic arches out of my mind and felt the need to do something with the shape.

Exedra-Painswick-Rococo-Gar

I wanted to capture the 3D aspect of the arch itself,

Gothic-arches

so I printed out the photo, cut away the arch, tucked it underneath the page in my pad and used a wax crayon to take a rubbing.

Rubbing-arches

This formed the outline I needed for my layered, stitched and cut paper piece.  I like the simplicity of the lines and the monochrome colourway,

Stitched-paper-Gothic-arche

but could see it working in other colours for lampshade designs, so had a little play with the colour balance tool in Photoshop.

Brown-Gothic-arches-in-pape Green-Gothic-arches-in-pape 

Purple-Gothic-arches-in-pap Yellow-and-purple-Gothic-ar

If I scaled the width of the arches to fit the diameter it would make an interesting continuous design for a straight-sided drum shade.  What do you think?

(To see my other quick creative experiments in the 'Three Takes ….' series click on the link in the sidebar under Categories).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

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