Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Small Studies - Trees III

Sometimes you find a piece of fabric in your stash, hidden away and have no idea where it came from. I make most of my fabric using surface design techniques - some good, some not so good, and some I love but they get lost in the shuffle somewhere. Here is one of those LITS pieces (lost in the shuffle) dyed, clamped and Shibori dyed, discharged and stamped. I'm not an "orange" person, but really liked this piece (detail below).
It was a small piece so I chose to use it in one of my "small studies". I put black next to it and liked the way they worked together. The orange reminds me of a sky at sunset and since I love trees, thought of using them in the foreground.
Creating these small studies are fun as they go together pretty fast, and the best part - you can try a new technique without investing too much time. To preview fabric combinations, I hang them on my wall and use a mat board to isolate them. I use the same size opening that will be used in the finished piece. This gives me an idea of proportions. This combo doesn't have enough black for what I want to do.
This is better.
One very gloomy day, John (hubby) and I took a ride. It was magical to see forest and trees in the midst of fog and gray skies. This is one of the pictures I took. I liked the silhouette of all the different size trees and their lacy branches. I put the pictue in Photoshop and made it into a photocopy. The photocopy had to be recopied on a lazer printer so off to Staples to do that. In order to run it through a Thermofax, you need to have a toner with carbon in it which ink jet printers don't have.
Here is the screen I made on my Thermofax.
I planned to screen the entire image on the black and orange. I wanted it to be continuous; the black side would be discharged and the orange side would use paint, probably black. Here is the finished piece!
I'm a happy camper.


  1. Very nice Judy. I saw sunset in the original piece as well.

  2. And well you should be a happy camper! Great vision, great execution - really wonderful. And you surely tamed that bright orange fabric and used it to its best advantage.