Sunday, October 19, 2008

Working it out

DSCN3665 I painted the back of this experimental piece with dye paint and fell in love with it after I flipped it back over.  It is with this piece that I also concluded I prefer using metallics underneath and not on top...its the on top that makes me describe a piece as too garrish, they often steal the show...I just do no yet know how to handle the metallics in the foreground.  Here is what it looked like before I worked it out from interesting to whooooh!!!!!  The draw back is this is a small piece less than a fat quarter in size...I might be able to replicate will be on my to do list for the coming week.  This is what it looked like before I painted the back side:



  1. I don't understand this. Are you saying the dye paint was metallic? I am not familiar with metallic dyes. I want some!! It is a beautiful piece. I see text and hand stitching coming next.

  2. hi gerrie, no, the dye paint was the burnt orange colour (can't recall the exact name but it was a mx procion)...the metallic was applied on the top and was regular fabric paint (maybe Luminere) can see it under the green in the before photo...after I applied the dye paint on the back it made the metallic and blue fabric paint pop! And the colours in the photos are very true to life.

  3. okay, i went back to re-read my post...let me clarify a bit more...the metallic was painted on the topside of the fabric but it is in the background and not the foreground which I discovered through this piece that I prefered better than applyiing metallic last (in the foreground). I'm not sure if I apply too much or what when I apply a metallic on last but I always end up not liking it when I do.
    the dye paint was painted on the "wrong" side of the fabric.

  4. Karoda, I love the "after" ... What a difference!!
    I always enjoy your work - still waiting for "Water Lily Woman" (o:

  5. An awesome piece Karoda!!!
    I've reread your commentary, plus Gerrie's comment and your two replies and now I'm very confused! Could you write your steps exactly, or is that all trade secret?
    Beautiful piece!

  6. Whatever the sequences and processes, that's a fabulous piece of cloth.

  7. Really, really like the after pic. It has so much more interest, I;m glad you listened to the muse and carried on painting. Way cool.
    BTW, thank you, thank you, thank you so much for my little ray of sunshine I received in the mail this week. I love it! Thanks for thinking of me.