Step Away from the Easel

10 December 2008 at 8:40 am 2 comments

This admonishment is often heard in art classrooms to remind students not to overwork a canvas.  Stepping back and taking a quiet look can put things back into perspective and keep one from overworking a piece.

facesfirststate Sometimes, though, it pays to go back and look again.   I blogged about the green and turquoise scarf at left a few months ago when I couldn’t get the colors to fix properly.  I never was happy with the piece and last week I did the drastic and stuck it into a simmering pot of color remover.  It quickly turned these beautiful pale tones below and I just as quickly pulled it out of the pot and rinsed it with cool water to stop the discharging process.  I am really pleased with it now.newfaces2

leaf4I did the same thing with this rose-colored scarf.    I never did like the way the gold and white areas I’d stamped looked against the rose-colored background, so into the pot it went.  I fished it out when it turned a rather sophisticated ecru and beige pattern.  The leaves had been painted with textile paints, so they were unaffected by the discharging process and contrast well with the lighter background of the scarf.leafscarf1

And now I believe these two scarves will live happily ever after until they found their new homes with their buyers.

Yoo-hoo, buyers!

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  • 1. Diane Clancy  |  13 December 2008 at 12:41 pm

    This is wonderful!! What great resuts and a wonderful idea!! Your work is so so lovely!! I am going to have to check this out .. I found out about this post from LinkedIn – great idea!!

    ~ Diane Clancy
    http://www.DianeClancy.com/blog
    http://www.DianeClancy.etsy.com

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  • 2. Marcia and Martin  |  11 December 2008 at 2:05 am

    Ah, you have become hooked on discharging! It will grow on you and soon no silk will be thrown away, just discharged. Marcia

    Reply

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