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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Watercolor Weaving

I decided to create in something other than paint today, so I took two reject paintings I had sitting in a sack and cut them in strips and wove them together.  One of them was a pink waterlily and the other was a crystal bowl painted monochromatically in red.  It gives a sort of nice complementary color contrast to the project with all the reds and greens.  My high school students always liked to weave their watercolors and they produced some beautiful projects - much better than this one I will have to admit!  It was a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon.  I cut both watercolors to 8" x 10" and both paintings were done on 140 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper.  This is a cool way to use rejected paintings!

4 comments:

Kathy's Watercolors said...

Pretty cool!

Christiane Kingsley said...

Barb, congratulations on a nice woven painting. In another life (for 20 years up until about 10 years ago) I was a part-time professional weaver and dyer...of course woven paintings really attract me, but I have never tried one. I tend to rip the painting I don't like...maybe I should keep the next bad ones.

Will you have to glue part of the resulting painting to ensure that the strips don't move?

You are so prolific...I have a hard time even keeping up with your posts:-)

Barb Sailor said...

Thanks, Kathy! I am glad you like it!

Barb Sailor said...

Christiane...what an interesting life you have had - I had no idea you were in the fiber arts. I'll bet your weavings were beautiful.
I glue it all as I progress - I use rubber cement - it is so easy to clean up. The hardest part is getting it started unless you leave it connected at one end. I usually just wrestle with the first two pieces and once it is
begun it is easier.
Thanks so much for commenting!