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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Earth Sky Painted Fabric

Yesterday, I talked about layering two different fabrics and painting both at once.
The fabric you saw in my last post was the cheesecloth that was the top layer for my painting project. Today I am showing the bottom layer - the cotton broadcloth.

Since my piece was so large, I painted the sky first - allowed it to dry, then moved my fabric and painted the earth. I was especially delighted with the effect on my bottom layer - the cotton broadcloth.

The movement of the wet paint on the dry fabric created a fabulous horizon line and wonderful texture in both the earth and sky pieces.

Since this piece will be printed with petroglyph images - the texture is perfect. Looks like the very sandstone the natives used for their rock pictures!

My original plan was to print with printing blocks to create texture, but I like this piece so well as it is - I may forgo the block printing on this one!

What do you think?


Sally Westcott said...

Hi Cynthia,

I think all that fabric needs is stitch! I love the wicking produced by the layering! That is a technique well worth having in the "tool kit".


Ruth said...

Love the organic look but I do think it is a perfect background for you petroglyphs.

elle said...

Amazing! I luv that horizon.

Linda Hazelden said...

I'm torn with my thoughts-- should it be left alone or stamped. Happy it is not my decision to make! It is beautiful.

knutty knitter said...

Like it just as it is :) But your choice really as I only know the photo, not the real thing :)

viv in nz

tiedyejudy said...

Beautiful work! I know whatever you do to embellish will work... you have very good instincts! Thanks for sharing your process!

wlstarn said...

Wow! Gorgeous!

Doreen K. said...

Gorgeous colors! Can't wait to see it finished.