Sunday 8 March 2020

Watercolour on Silk

I had a bit of a Eureka moment during the week when I tried out watercolour paints on satin and silk as a background to embroider over. I’ve always loved watercolour as a medium, but it is by no means as easy as it looks. I feel like I might have discovered another transitory point for myself now though, with painting on fabric. This whole crossover of mediums is turning out to be fun! It’s certainly working better than my last attempt to create art panels many years ago.

Another change is the way I look at and review my progress. Now, with Facebook, Instagram, a blog and a website, I feel obliged (the apps even remind me) to post images frequently. Apart from the time taken to photograph, caption, and post them, I am finding the process to actually be helpful. I create a solid record of my progress to reflect on and use as a resource. It has often been said that a good way of reviewing your work is to look at it in a mirror, or in this case, in a photo. ‘Framing’ my work in this way for reflection is both useful and gratifying.

Much has happened in the studio this week, so a good tidy-up is in order. I avoided that this afternoon by sitting on my table and painting my leather ‘kelp’ for hours. The single sculptural piece didn’t take too long, but the densely layered piece was endless! Still a long way to go on both, but I am happy with progress overall.