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Monday, May 12, 2008

Painted Calico



After finishing a couple of projects, I have not been able to settle to anything and have been tootling around my work space, moving things around, I did get two big boxes of beads and wire sorted out with everything put into small containers,



The next job was going to be this tray of paints along with two others in the same state, I didn't get very far as I was sidetracked by these new supplies I recently ran out of all my basic paint colours, so had the lovely job of replacing them,
The only new to me colour here is the Interference Oxide Green, and I think I need a giant bottle. I am in love.



I painted up two pieces of calico with a wash of cadmium red deep hue, yellow ochre and raw sienna, I then added the distressed scrim. I used some Golden gel matt medium, but I think its gone off, it had become quite solid, so I added some water and left it a week or so and managed to get a liquid consistency, but its 4 years old, so not sure what the shelf life is on these products once they are open. so ended up just sticking the scrim with the acrylic paint.



I then added some molding paste through a stencil, I did the one below while the paint was wet,and the second sample once it dried, the design is sharper when the paint is dry,


I started adding purple and turquoise in washes to the surface, I wasn't very happy with the results so left it to dry, I dry brushed some copper Luna Lights and then the Interference oxide green, and it came to life, I wish I could capture the wonderful colours the interference creates.



The green streaks are the interference



Molding paste close up. stencilled on dry fabric.






Scrim close up below

15 comments:

Shirley Anne Sherris said...

Interference green oxide is fabulous. The darker the background colour you apply it to the better it looks.
Cheers and enjoy

Jacquelines blog said...

It is gorgeous Carol!!!!Thanks for sharing!

Purple Missus said...

I can see now why you were on such a high looking at this piece, especially the close ups. What a difference the interference paint made. Fantastic colourway. Any thoughts on what you are going to do with the finished fabric?

Doreen G said...

A fabulous piece Carol

Ruth said...

Wow! What deep, rich colors you've achieved. It's wonderful.

Jackie said...

Very yummy coloured fabrics Carol.

arlee said...

Oh this/these are FABFABFABulous! I wish you could play at my house! We'd make a glorious mess!

Pat said...

"Northern Lights" was my first thought, a gorgeous piece.

sharon young said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Carol, my fav bit are the little squares, are they the modelling paste? as I'm totally lost with all these wonderful new products, don't know one from another, or where to start on a purchasing list. I really wish one of you experts might run an on-line course one day :-)

hippopip said...

The calico is truly scrumptious and I agree with Sharon will you and Purple missus get together and run an online course on all these fantastic techniques please oh please.

Micki said...

Fabulous piece, Carol!

Fran├žoise said...

Wow, beautiful!
(And I like your new profile picture!)

feltedfibers said...

Having been priviliged in seeing these beautifuk peices of painted calico with my own eyes the pics do nothing for them - they are absolutely scrumptious, well done Carol now what date are you and PM doing online classes? my diary is open ready and pen poised!

MargaretR said...

Hi Carol, I love your latest work and I agree with sharon about the little squares!
Mags

Anonymous said...

This piece is so beautiful - it's giving me ideas!!
Evie x