Monday, 21 November 2016
WEEKLY CHALLENGE #9
This tree is particularly attractive & during a recent storm, I was enamoured by the stripes of colour revealed by the rain.
...I cut back the first 'sandwich' of fabrics.
I guess a normal person would have left it at that!
But this piece needed to be taken one step further...I just wanted to try one more thing out.
Take a deep breath & brace yourselves...what I'm about to do may make you gasp in horror!
No, it's not a nice clean print. In hindsight, maybe stencilling each piece by hand would have provided a cleaner line. Maybe I had too much ink, or maybe it was the uneven surface that led to the edges bleeding a bit.(I did do a practice run which worked perfectly...but that was on a single smooth piece of calico!!) Regardless....I actually dont mind the imperfection. To me the 'bled' bits are reminescent of the stunted rivulets that formed lines on the tree branches in the first photo above.
What I feel I have achieved is a good representation of the dramatic colour variation of the dry tree bark with the wet tree bark. And the texture is still there. So....not pretty, but definitely worth the risk!
*Please respect that these are my photos of my own work, so please don't copy without asking me first. Thanks.