posted by SHELLEY BRUCAR
Working on the piece from my last post, two more layers have been added. While the first layer was dye-painted onto damp fabric to allow colors to run and blend, the next two layers have been screened onto dry fabric for crisper lines. It has been screened with a second layer of procion dyes, and then a layer of vat dyes. Vat dyes put color in and discharge color simultaneously, giving a halo effect. Most of the change so far is subtle. Can you figure out what are the differences between the image in my March 10 post and the image below – before you scroll past the image for the answers?
1. I have put in some darker waves to give the water depth. 2. I have vat-dyed the two mountains in the foreground to add texture and to make them darker, thereby bringing them forward. 3. The mid-range and left, background mountains have been given some texture as well; this may be difficult to see in the background mountain. Again, it’s all very subtle so far. 4. There are some changes, added lines in the sky.
Next, I will get out my Shiva Paintstiks and start adding layers of paint. I want more texture, more depth, more shadows and highlights for contrast.
Since I have made this a “shared” project, any comments are welcome. What do you see? What do you like or dislike so far? What do you think the piece needs?