posted by SHELLEY BRUCAR
Time to get back to painting, and it’s finally nice enough to spread out in the yard! “Dripping” can be done indoors over the laundry tub, but it’s so much more fun outside. I pull a piece of twine across the yard; it’s attached to my fence but you can use trees or whatever is available in your space. Old-fashioned clothes pins hold the fabric.
I’m in the beginning (experimental) stages of a series on water reflections from Venice, so dripping seems to be a good place to start. I hang my fabric (background already dyed and painted), wet the fabric and start to apply paint. This can be done on dry fabric if you want more defined lines; paint on wet fabric spreads. I’m using a spoon here but also use various sized brushes to apply paint.
For even more dripping, spray lightly with the hose. If you spray too heavily here, you can wash off a good amount of paint – nice if you don’t like what you’ve done.
Add water to thin the paint, and you can apply it from a bottle; this gives a little more control over the dripping.
Don’t worry about the wind blowing your fabric – your paint may move around in some interesting ways!