Making of a silk dress with a wing painted on it.
With dye in color blue black.
Realistic feathers placed unrealistically.
A long story told as is.
By artist/escapist Yuko Nagai, currently Miss Sore Thumb in a rural Japanese town
who rambles about random stuff as well.
Read on.
Thank you.

February 24, 2008

wing dress update: making of the dye swatch #1

on today's post
i am going to show (off) the
painting process for a dye swatch

dye swatches are test pieces
before moving on to paint on
the real thing.....
(eg. clothing to be made)


the outcome may look pretty different from
how it looks while painting
even the "feel" of dye absorption
varies with each color

can't tell from looking how dark it will come out
until the whole procedure's over
put too much dye on it and
it'll end up looking like an overexposed photograph

but need not be freaked
so what, if it gets a little screwy
that's what the swatches are for

where i left off the last time
design's traced with a blue pen with
fade-with-moist ink
fabric is stretch silk satin, using the wrong side to paint

outline with regular painting brush
using just a few hairs at its point

outline all done

switch to a flat-tipped, traditional brush
and test on few feathers

then give the whole thing a general shading treatment

still a bit more..

see how the application is uneven and
the look blotchy

smooth it out a bit with the above flat brush
use it almost dry

now that the shading is even enough
i decided to add some clean edge to each feathers

will look more feathery that way, trust me

using the pointy brush,

....and after

circled is the area i worked on

now it looks like this

hmmmm, a bit more punchy, perhaps

spicing it up with the flat
hold it almost vertically to
push dye particles into grain

done, i said

the procedure to follow-steam setting-
may shrink the fabric
since it is the first time using this particular roll (of fabric)
i marked the measurement, will compare when all is done

one issue:
tracing with a felt-tipped pen
may not be a great idea for this design

although the pen ink will fade when wet enough
outlining with lightly-dipped, fine-tipped brush
doesn't do the trick hence confusing double lines

i decided to try something different for
the swatch #2

done for today!

phew, long post.....
thanks for reading

(((a smile of gratitude)))


Anonymous said...

hello yuko

your dye swatch looks so real - i'm sure, if you wouldn't have taped it down it would fly away ...

i bow low to your talent and endurance, eve

webmaster pomona said...

welcome back, eve!
and thanks for your interest and generous words...
yes it's like running a marathon... ;^J

obscurio said...

i seemed to have missed this post.

i love the way you have managed to lift the feathers away from the fabric. it's as if you're preening them into place.

what is the traditional brush made of?

i noticed the new deadline of may 08. you know how to keep your fans waiting...(((LOL)))

webmaster pomona said...

hi obscurio,

the brush is made of animal hair (pig or horse, i suspect) tied to bamboo sticks with thick thread.

yes i extended my dl: i know how to work around my tardiness ;^J