Monday, March 14, 2011
Finally got around to doing some ink on silk. This is Tsukineko ink on charmeuse silk. First I traced a pattern on the silk using water soluble blue marker. Then I used Sennelier Aqua gutta in an air pen to outline the design. (I have not mastered the air pen yet. There are so many tips. Also I think I made the gutta a little too thin making it run out too fast and resulted in a fat resist line). I will be working to get everything right. As I was painting the blue background, I added coarse salt. You have to be quick as the ink has to be wet to react with the salt.
Below is a closeup of the salt reaction.
April is my turn to do the technique blog. I am going to do Parfait Dyeing. I will be putting the technique on soon. The rest of the year is going to be crazy but I will try to keep up.
Mid-April, my daughter is going to go with her best friend to the Ukraine where her friend has adopted two little special needs children. I will be in Virginia taking care of my daughter's four children. I have fine arts and craft shows lined up for every month starting in July until and including December. I will be teaching Parfait Dyeing and Batiking at an art festival in Maine in August (Schoodic Art Festival) . You can google the name of it for more info. To top that all off and the most exciting, if every thing goes well, I will be Grammy again in the Fall to two Serbian children my daughter and her family is adopting.
So as you call tell, I will be mostly crazy for the rest of the year. Hope you try the Parfait Dyeing. I love it and find that a lot of them make great background fabric for my art quilts.