I decided to start trying to combine the acrylic ink and thickened fiber reactive dye applications on my illustrated scarves. These are the materials I have, and I don’t really want to have to spend a bunch of money on realio trulio silk paints and dyes that require three hours of steaming. Lately I’ve been looking at a lot of work by professional silk painters, and while it is all very beautiful, it isn’t necessarily the direction I feel my artwork would take.
Thinking about how the scarf lies on the body when worn, I’ve been considering the imagery of opposites or enemies falling at either end, coming to face one another on the body. That’s where this came in – thinking about Rikki-tikki-tavi’s battle with Nag.
The figures are painted with Tsukineko ink and the green background was painted with thickened fiber reactive dye.
I know I’m fairly alone in my love of the blotchy, running parts, but oh well.