|The finished hosta painting. Note the lower right corner where I used a medley of black and green shades to create the sense of plants beneath the hosta leaves.|
|Oops. Need to change the orientation! However, you can see that I've begun thread painting here and that the amount of depth this adds, both texturally and through color and contrast, is beginning to bring this painting to life.|
|Detail of thread painting|
As you paint sections, place small pieces of plastic over each section to keep it wet. If you need to leave the painting for any length of time, cover it completely full a full sheet of plastic to keep the air out. Always make certain that the dyes don't dry out.
Once the painting is complete, again cover it with the full sheet of plastic and let it 'batch' in a warm place. I've put mine out in the sun, or left it near a heat source. Fully covered, it won't dry out. After 12-24 hours (depending on your level of patience), remove the plastic and wash the painting in hot water with a small amount of synthrapol. Rinse until the water runs completely clear. Then (this is important...in a later post I'll show you why) dry it with a hair dryer until it's completely dry. It can also be ironed dry from a damp state. Voila! A beautiful painting!