It's been a while since I picked up the combination of silk, permanent Sharpie Markers and rubbing alcohol. Using the technique in the past I became impatient working on small areas and waiting for the silk to dry before moving to the next spot. However, I was reminded of Mark Lipinski's, Slow Stitching Movement to stop and enjoy the process - so I approached my luscious silk with patience and decided the end result would be worth the time.
|The tools: silk, a variety of empty containers, rubber bands, permanent Sharpie Markers, rubbing alcohol (90%) and some type of dropper to add a small amount of alcohol at a time|
|Stretch the silk over the tops of empty containers and secure with a rubber band. The size of the container is not important and if you find another method for stretching the silk to lift off the surface than go for it, (and tell me what you did!)|
|Mark the silk with the Sharpie|
|Add a drop of rubbing alcohol on your colored mark|
|Here are 2 shades of blue spreading, mingling and starting to dry!|
|Once the blue was dried I heat set and started again adding purple|
|Once you get the hang of how many drops of alcohol to use and how the marker spreads its easier to predict the results|
|If you want a large blended spot of color start with larger markings and more alcohol - for smaller spots use a light touch|
|Here is a detail of the finished piece! |
The small circles remind me of dividing cells but what if I stretched the silk over a very large surface... what would happen?!
Oh the places to go...