I wanted something subtle to suggest a flower as a way of giving visual meaning to my mottled “from the stash” lining. A full explanation of the lining is in yesterday’s post, Yellow Coat III Pocket Suspension & Lining.
I believe I have achieved “subtle”!
Here’s the back lining piece in the evening sun. Yes, it is tapped to the window. Any port in a storm….
I used a water based fabric dye from Sara’s Blooms to paint a darker yellow-orange outline on the silk. It runs, wicking through the silk fibers, making blobs where the brush is paused. Ahhhh, well. That’s a tiny demitasse cup in my favorite china pattern.
After the painted areas were dry I used white and orange Pentel Dye Sticks to create more suggestion of shape.
It’s so subtle that different lighting conditions show different details
These products don’t change the hand of the silk much. I tested a wide sharpie in white and that made the silk very stiff and boardy. I also tried a “3 dimensional” paint in white and that really made the white show well but, no, not a good look for a lining. On the front of a tee shirt, maybe, but not inside a coat.
Now I’m trying to decide if I want to add more “subtlety” to the front lining pieces. I had just enough silk satin to cut the lining for the body but the linings for the sleeves will have to be made from white china silk, so I can not afford a mistake.
Maybe I should quite while I’m ahead?
I believe the art world is safe from any intrusion by me 🙂