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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

painting fabric

Yesterday  i started to paint up fabric  as the weather was good and i needed more colors for  my projects. and shows.  theses are a few of the pieces i did  outside on my 4x8 plywood table top.   i like to paint one yard to  half yard pieces as they are manageable. For larger i like to use the lawn as a surface.

I love the way two colors merge, it is the magic the cloth and paint make together  when cloth is damp and a spray of water makes it even more so. I am not interested in control, 
rather than that letting gravity and sun have the freedom to play out. 

the one just  below i call "underwater garden "
and was done on the lawn.

The one just above is another example of what i call atmosphere painting. done very wet and left to make its own migration. yummy possibilities here.
After pieces dry, i  heat treat with iron and wash and iron again.
This would be boring but for the fact the fabric is interesting as i iron and gives way to design time. i like to let the fabric drape from old wooden hangers  to inspire new work or finish a  project started.
i have been happily painting with Versatex screen printing inks since  1983,
 both making yardage for my quilts and for painting figuratively and florals more deliberately.
My choice of these products from Dharma Trading Company have been a pleasure to use, making my artistic life colorful and creative. 

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