Exploring katazome on silk; work in progress

I’m working on the first two layers of a piece on silk.

I continue to work on the katazome piece I wrote about in my previous 2 posts. After making the botanical contact print (“ecoprint”) under layer, I pasted the moon, a few branches and some leaf forms in the foreground. Then I painted the background with 3 layers of natural pigments in gradation. After curing the work for 5 days I rinsed it out. I like how the leaf prints still show through.

 work in progress; natural pigments on silk
work in progress; natural pigments on silk

Next I pasted my 2 large stencils. I’m working on five of these pieces simultaneously. I guess you might think of them as mono-prints –  the print part is the rice paste spread through the stencil. It resists, or masks, the background from the next layer of color, which will be hand-painted with natural pigments in multiple layers. Below you see the work pasted and stretched, ready for the brush.

 rice paste resist on silk
rice paste resist on silk

Here is the palette I have started working with. I usually adjust colors after seeing what hue and value each layer yields. These are transparent like watercolor, so the layers below will influence the layers above.

 natural pigments in soy milk
natural pigments in soy milk

Author: Kit

I’m a St. Paul MN visual artist, working in drawing, printmaking, and textile art.

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