Sketchbook Challenge Sketches

Inspires by this month’s subject, “Shelter”, I tried several quick sketches.  The subject of each, the enormous tree in front of my house, could fill a sketch book itself as I work to do justice to it!

I used a narrow scrap of silk, and coated it with Magic Sizing.  I am enjoying learning how the dyes combine on the coated silk.  My brushes were fairly wet as I worked.  Moinsture spread and blended the colors, and as the piece dried the moist dye flowed in interesting ways, slowed down by the Magic Sizing.

I like how the colors brighten after steaming, and how I was able to write text directly onto the silk without it blurring, and the colors stayed nicely fresh and separate as well.

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