Thursday, 16 May 2013

taking it down a tone...

you might not be surprised to hear i love bright colours. i love looking at them and working with them. but just lately i find myself drawn to a much paler palette - more neutral tones paired with softer colours. like in this beautiful piece of work by matt connors. in all of the *stacks* of plains (solids) i've been collecting because of my improv obsession i just can't get the look i'm after for a new idea i have...the dyes are too saturated and too, i dunno, plain. i don't want to go down the 'batik-y plain' look, and i'm not especially interested in hand dyed fabrics, what i'm after is something more watercoloury. does that make sense? so this morning i painted my own. they aren't perfect flat colours, some areas are lighter than others and some darker, but they're just right. and they took nanoseconds to do which suited my terrible impatience...


7 comments:

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Charmaine said...

that is such a brilliant idea, love that artwork too, such lovely colours x

Archie the wonder dog said...

Beautiful!

Katy Cameron said...

Love that top one :o)

heart of charnwood said...

These look beautifully soft!

Chloe said...

Lovely! Did you paint them with dyes if you don't mind me asking? :)

lu summers said...

chloe - i painted them with watered down screen ink - i use permaset which is waterbased and environmentally friendly.

Cheryl Arkison said...

I had a long conversation at Market with someone about the evolution of modern fabric loves. It included the rise of painterly or painted fabrics. Seeing more of it, but you are right, still in saturated colours. You may have something here...