WHAT I LEARNED FROM THIS SAMPLER:
- thin gutta lines work, as long as you check them
- dye colours are bright and clear, so better not to mix them too much if you want that effect
- works better if you do each colour one at a time, so they are of approximately equal intensity
- this sampler has too many colours and looks busy
|This was my attempt to make a pastel colour sampler.|
- the background was too raw without any dye on it, so I coloured it a very pale blue which was better
- fewer colours is better
- pastel colours together looks ok, as long as there's no leakage, but the impression is totally different from intense colours
- magenta with a drop of yellow makes a good pink
- using pastel colours, you have to be more careful not to put too much water on, so wait for the colour to dry if you want to change it
- I obviously need more practice with this!
|I pinned the silk to my frame, and drew equal squares on the underside using a fabric pencil.|
|Then I drew round a jar lid using the squares as a guide.|
|When the gutta was finished, this is what it looked like.|
I have some way to go before I am skilled at this.
But that's why I'm practising!
|This is what the finished scarf looks like.|
I like the pattern very much - it looks regular but interesting.
The colour variations in tone and intensity are not clear enough here.
More practice with graduating the intensity of colours is required.