Playing with Alcohol . . . it’s not what you think!
This silk piece was given a subtle background pattern by using the parfait method (more about parfait on another post). I used water-based resist to draw my design. Once the resist had dried thoroughly, I used a cotton swab to dampen the bottom of the petal shape. I dipped a paintbrush lightly into indigo dye and applied the color to the top of the petal. I then quickly dipped my brush point into water and washed it over the alcohol area of the petal. This gives a pretty gradation in color.
I repeated the technique across the scarf on both the petals and leaves — you can see the rich effect it gives.
Alcohol dries pretty quickly, so you’ve got to work quickly once it’s applied to each area you’ve defined with resist, but the results add a lot of depth and modulation to your silk painting. Here’s a view of the finished piece, which is listed in my Etsy shop.