Multiple Technique Practice Piece — the Back
Many people who work in surface design talk about how the first steps can look awful. You just have to keep working until you get to a result you like – and if you don’t, well, you can always cut it up or use it as batting inside a dog bed!
That is definitely how I feel about the practice piece I started on old linen napkins — I am not even sure I will get it to the point that I like it. But that’s what practice is all about.
With this piece, I planned to “quilt once, paint twice.” I wanted to try different types of paints and pigments with the quilted lines and see if there were any effects I would want to repeat. Some of the materials I used on the front side had bled all the way through to the back, but the medium I tried out here was Jacquard Dy-na-flo® liquid color. (Which, as it turns out, is not the same as the Jacquard Lumiere® paint I have used before, and liked very much, and now have no idea where I put it.) (Okay, I just hunted until I found it! I have about 15 jars of it — how I have I not used it up before now? I am going to save it for another piece though, I am not going to waste it on this one.)
The Dy-na-flow is meant to be used with a resist on a tightly woven fabric, to get a painterly look. Being that the back of this piece is a big scrap of a loosely woven cotton/linen blend, I didn’t get the results I was hoping for.
I started with this picture from a National Geographic book, Visions of Earth, as inspiration:
The results are definitely too undefined and too gaudy for me. But the challenge will be to see if I can get it to a likeable stage.
But in the meantime, there’s always my old friend Photoshop®.
Now there’s something I can imagine using, either printing it onto fabric myself or getting it professionally printed.
My plan was to go back into this piece with specialty threads, but I think I may just go on to another piece. As always, I am glad I took the time to just experiment!