Exploring katazome on silk

I continue to work on the katazome piece I wrote about in my previous 2 posts. After making the ecoprinted 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.

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.

Here’s the palette I’m working with so far. 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.




Author: Kit

I use the materials and techniques of the Japanese art of katazome (paste resist stencil dyeing) to capture my experience of nature. My work celebrates daily meetings with the wild birds, plants, and lake breezes of my local urban surroundings.

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