WATERCOLOUR AND TEXTILE ARTIST: Eileen Gidman hand paints one of a kind textiles with dyes. The resulting fabrics are washable and suitable for sewing or framing.
Watercolour paintings are also featured on this blog by this member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.
A white background is sometimes the
best choice in highlighting the centre-of-interest in this case the flowers. Sketching on paper with black ink and
then adding splashes of watercolour is a favourite technique I
employ. Therefore it is a simple step for me to reproduce that look
on textile by first painting the black line with
thickened dye. Sometimes I like to apply the black dye with a brush
but here it is applied through a bottle with a fine nib. After curing
overnight, I apply the coloured dye with a brush. Sodium alginate is
used as a thickening agent for the dye and adding more of it lightens
the colour to give a variety of colour values.
Pieced borders would frame these gladiolas nicely.