The last exercise was gentle, to sit and mix colours slowly and carefully; just make sure that there are no big jumps in colour..... now we have to find a brightly patterned piece of fabric and reproduce the colours at the side.
Well it sounds interesting, surely the hardest part is going to be finding a piece of fabric with a suitable scale for the design?
I went through my shelves of fabrics and narrowed the choice down.
|My selection of fabrics|
If the pattern was too big, the finished result would not show enough changes in colour.
I finally found a piece of fabric, from my collection that I was happy with.
The pattern was interesting, not too big, not too small and it had some interesting colours.
I cut it into an 8cm square, glued it down onto a sheet of paper and looked hard at the colours around the edge.
|My final selection|
Using gouache paint I practised mixing my colours and once I was happy with them I proceeded to paint.
As shown in the picture below I continued the colours and patterns produced at the edge of the fabric.
The gouache paint produces a flat, matt finish, whereas the fabric has a sheen to it - this didn't matter as it was only apparent once the paint had dried.
The hardest colours to mix and get right were the browns.
I was happy with the final result - you have to look hard to find the fabric in the middle of the painting.
|Mixing and matching colours to fabric|