Chiffon Trials and Successes
Chiffon is so ethereal, there and not there, catching the light in new ways every time it moves. Sigh. I keep buying it and then remembering: oh, that’s right, I can’t see the gutta lines once they’ve dried. So I prop up my silk frame and hold black silhouette paper under the portion I’m painting and vow never again . . . and then Thai Silks has a sale on iridescent blank scarves and there I go again.
At one of my sessions with the Marvelous Marcia last month, we played with discharge paste. I painted the paste on some foam stamps I’d made for an earlier piece and stamped a piece of predyed iridescent indigo chiffon. It removed the color to a very pale peach, which looks lovely against the dark background. I decided on this piece that the stamps were too subtle, so I went back in and outlined the koi shapes with discharge paste. Now I think it’s too blobby.
On the other hand, I’m very happy with two pieces which I just listed on Etsy today. One is an iridescent square of red and blue which makes a wonderful purplish color in the light. I drew a border edge of swans, moons and columbines, then washed the edge with a dark turquoise dye which I blended with a chartreuse that bled toward the center to lovely effect. I left the center portion of the square its original color.
I used the same border drawing of swans and moons on a long pale olive green piece of silk chiffon, edging the piece with a pinkish brown dye mix that I let bleed into yellows and chartreuse. Again, the middle portion of the scarf was left its original color. Once it was steamed to set the dyes, it was lying on my work table next to some of the shibori ribbon I’d made a few weeks ago, and the colors were just marvelous together. I gathered up some lengths of the organza ribbon and fused them to the scarf randomly to lend a little ruffle interest to the piece.
I’ve still got a half-dozen predyed chiffon pieces to play with before my big show at the Boylan Heights Artwalk in December. Can’t wait to get going on them!