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Spray dyeing

Now with a newly cleaned and freshened studio, I jump back into some work!  When I look at this unfinished sketch, it looks a bit sterile.

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I think some texture would help.  So I apply the spray starch to the stretched silk and let it dry.  I cover the cat with  a torn paper  shape to shield it from the spray.

And since I’ve been working with painted paper lately too, I plan to save the paper for later.

Next I  spray it with some dye from a misting bottle.  And I like the results.  2014-08-03 13.50.05



This spurs me on!  I work on another, with lots of torn paper to  form a stencil.  2014-08-03 15.03.27And the paper itself is interesting.

I’ll save it for later.  The dye penetrates the brown paper, and dyes both sides.

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At A Crossroads…

At  a crossroads…to be at a point where two or more roads meet.  Or..at a point of decision or a critical juncture.  And consider…Overlap, convergence, intersection…

I have found myself in school again after many years.  It is a privilege and a pleasure. Now my identity as an artist is undergoing deep change.  And my silk work is as well.  I truly don’t know where this road will lead…

I believe there is meaning in the work itself.  So- I am continuing to practice.  Here is a beginning in a series of daily meditations on silk.    Meditation on silk

Learning about using Magic Sizing as a Resist

Thanks to some great internet information, I have begun to learn a new silk painting process.  I saw some information about it in several different sources, which took me along a path revealing details about this intruiging method.

Artist and silk painting master Karen Sistek has developed the method of using a spray starch as an anti- fusant.  Her work is amazing; such detail and control, paired with bold composition. Karen has unselfishly described her techniques and shares her knowledge freely.  I found two other sources describing this technique and both give credit to her.

Francine Dufour Jones has disseminated Karen’s discussion of this technique on her wonderful website dedicated to sharing tips for silk painters.  Francine’s wonderful site constantly educates and inspires me.  To read Francine’s post, look under the Magic Sizing category.

Finally, artist Husna Rafath  has created a You Tube Video demonstrating her method inspired by Sistek’s  method.  I really enjoyed this video- the music is beautiful, and I love the way Rafath put it together.  She also includes her own twist on the method-  that of mixing small amounts of dye directly into a small container with Magic Sizing.  She says this idea came to her as a way of preserving the Magic Sizing and being thrifty with it… I think her innovation is very creative.

I became interested in this method as I learned about it from these sources.  I have been doing my own experimenting, and will write about that soon.  I am very grateful to these three artists and silk painters who have so generously shared their knowledge.  .