Friday, September 8, 2017

Gnarled Tree

I finished this piece a short time ago and now it's a perfect opportunity to share studio time right is filled with stuff due to our painting project.
 I started with one of my photographs - some roots and vines. I then printed it on fabric which then hung on my design wall for ages. It was to be a small piece with this as the focal point. I thought it needed an overlay of a silk screen to make it more dimensional.
 I framed it out with fabric to get a feel for the piece.
 I thought this was a good color to pull out the subtle peachy rust color in the vines.

Whenever I make a silk screen, I also screen it on top on clear plastic which becomes a design tool. On the left is an example of a tree on the clear plastic. I can then lay it over areas to see how it will work. 
 This grouping of trees I photographed along the Blue Ridge parkway and made into a screen.
 Just too heavy for the vines...
 Next I tried this one and it was way too busy - covered up most of the digital print.

And this one...I like but still too much ...

This is my favorite silk screen...the tree is not solid so a good deal of the design allows the background to show through. I screened more rocks on the bottom and right side and quilted it following the lines. Thistles were screened along the the finished piece - "Gnarled Tree". I am linked to Off the Wall Friday and Whoop Whoop Friday.


  1. Terrific piece, thanks for showing us your auditioning process.

  2. And you just so nonchalantly mention screening onto the plastic to use as a design tool--as if it weren't the best tip I've heard in YEARS!! You are so clever. Thanks!