People often ask me, "How do you do that?" Over the next few posts, I'll show you exactly how I do that!
This piece is "Lucy", so named for the part of the painting that reminded me of Tangerine Trees. Lucy was part of the Spun exhibit at the Denver Art Museum. It had to be a specific size, but other than that, I got to do whatever I wanted! I like it that way! I call this process Paintings Squared, because I take a whole cloth painting and cut it into little squares and put it back together again.
All of my pieces begin life as a piece of prepared for dye (PFD) Kona cotton. PFD simply means fabrics have been desized, scoured, and fully bleached, but have been processed without optical brighteners or softeners. I get mine from Dharma Trading Company. Here's the link:
I almost aways begin by dividing the space. This gives me more manageable areas. I usually do this with a fabric gel roller pen or marker. A good trick is to think of dividing your surface roughly into thirds. No measuring here, just an approximation. Thirds are pleasing to the eye.
If you look on the far left of my last blog post, you will see a painting started just this way hanging on the design wall. Do you see the thirds? Check out some of the other art hanging in my studio... See the thirds?
Next, I begin to add color... That's the really fun part. Sometimes I use a color wheel or palette like I did here. Other times, I just "wing it." The fabric will be virtually filled with layers of color by the time I'm finished!! Check back to see the progress!
Stay tuned to see how Lucy evolves!
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"Ingredients for Mark Making on Fabric"
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