||1. Dear Jo,
Can you outline how
you went about making these artworks with us?
Firstly I stretched
a small rectangle of white silk evenly and tightly across a
plastic food container and fixed it there with tape and rubber
bands. This is so the silk was not touching a base surface when
it was being drawn
and painted on. Next I lightly drew on my design in pencil using
a sketch I had already done on paper. It is easier to paint
if the design is divided into smaller segments, a bit like a
stained glass window.
the design I went around the outlines in gutta, a special
which creates a leak-proof barrier between segments and
colours. When the gutta dried I painted the design one segment
at a time, making sure that the
inks were blended while still wet to leave a smooth gradation
I tried to use at least
two colours which would blend well for each part of the design,
for example instead of doing a leaf plain green, I would do
an edge of darker green and blend light green into the middle.
After the painting was completed I carefully cut the silk from
its frame and used glue to stick it to a cardboard frame, making
sure it was stretched tightly and evenly.