A few months ago, I did a workshop with Catherine Nicholls where we explored various pen and ink techniques. You've see one of my pieces as a result of that workshop in the last Tangled Textiles challenge.
In class we were using the pointillism technique, and a maple leaf. I was working on plain white pfd fabric, and while I liked my leaf, the black and white was just too stark. When I got home I decided to play with some inks I had picked up at a quilt show earlier in the summer. I dampened my fabric and then dropped red, yellow and blue ink on it to try and create reds, oranges and greens. It was the start of fall and I was seeing colour beginning to appear in the trees. Because ink will travel quite freely on dampened fabric, it didn't pay any attention to the shape of the leaf as dictated by my dots - resulting in a colour wash around the leaf as well as on it. I added more yellow in the background to soften the white, and it was okay.
Amazingly, the colours I had printed were almost identical to the colours I had ended up with in my dyeing experimentations! Still too much white background, though, so everything went into a strong tea bath to tone them down and tie them together. Now we're happening! The printed leaves needed a bit more definition, so I had fun with some pointillism on them. All those tiny dots - it is very soothing - zen-like to dot away - I may end up adding dots to all kinds of things!
Time to piece it all together, and do my usual very dense quilting. :)
and there she hangs - welcoming folks to our fall home.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends!
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