This is my first piece in the new "Shibori Amori" series, and I'm already loving it.
As I've explained before, shibori is a traditional Japanese method of dyeing fabric, usually with blue dye on white fabric.
A striped effect like this one would be achieved by folding the fabric and clamping it between wood blocks, like this:
Only the edges that stick out would be dyed, although the effect is sometimes softened by the watery nature of the dyebath.
But since this is a watercolor painting, that's not how I did it! I painted the stripes onto paper, naturally. And first I laid down some calligraphy, which seemed appropriate since this piece is inspired by Japanese art. Here's a work-in-progress shot, with a bonus sneak preview of my next piece:
In fact, the calligraphy in that rose is what gave the piece its name. I like the relaxed curves.
I'm really liking this blue, too. I love me some bright colors, but this blue is so restful. The stripes remind me of a duvet I had once. It makes me want to chill out and maybe take a quiet nap. (Possibly because I had insomnia last night, but that's another story!)
Could you use some rest in your life? If so, take another look at this one. It might be just right for your bedside table.