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

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