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.
Hand (dye) Painted Image ready for Curing and Rinsing
This is a part of a larger series
'Saving the Whites'. I enlarged the photo and traced the main outlines onto the soda soaked cotton.
Wanting the white of the fur to stand out, the sky and lawn were painted in strong colours. I used a full strength thickened black dye to completer
the black fur being sure to reserve any whites. Note the
importance of the details showing her white whiskers and eye highlights. The nose was painted in a lighter grey for the hightlighted areas as were some of the shaded
parts of the white fur. The pink for the tongue was added. The
fabric was then placed between plastic and must be kept above 70 degrees for
at least 4 hours. After batching it will be rinsed in cool water and
then in a synthrapol wash.