Monday, June 20, 2011

painted silk on the dock

Over the weekend, April joined us at the cottage. She brought her own silk fabric and setacolour paint and her wonderful energy. She wanted to paint a backing for the quilt she made in May. I brought foam brushes and my Mickey Lawler book and just watched her. She told me that she read a blog post of mine 6 or so times. She painted into the long evening and then left it to dry overnight. It's important to make soft pleats in the cloth when it is wet, and allow it to dry slowly. The technique responds to nature, air, light, the moisture in the cloth, and how the colours mix or don't. It's magical how the fabric wicks and everything changes. April got up early the next morning to see what happened. There were some areas that she was thrilled with, and others not so much. She fiddled with the latter for a while. She made two lengths of fabric, and late the next day pieced them together to make a quilt back approximately 70" x 80".

7 comments:

Jacky said...

I so enjoy seeing the process...

It must be like a breath of fresh air when April pops in for a visit.

Enjoy your time together.

Jacky xox

Notjustnat said...

This is such interesting process. It must have been fun to watch. Thanks kindly Judy for coming over and left me me such a nice comment. I'm glad you enjoyed my post - Hugs Nat

Jeana Marie said...

So lovely in so many ways.

April said...

mom i wish i could stitch as tiny as you do. love you. cant wait to be back there with you!x

Serena said...

this makes me happy...

april give it time...i passed my mom's spi last year.

Velma said...

i love these photos of working on your dock... i can totally imagine that place, being there...and your april is a lucky daughter, you are a lucky mom.

dizzybliss said...

What a beautiful friend ;)