Layering – Part III – Darker Backgrounds

Header-linesIn the third and final part of my series about painting layers on silk I have turned my attention to the challenges of starting with darker backgrounds. This is a design that I have painted in more than one colourway. The black and pink version sold, but this royal blue and green has had very few clicks and I have decided that perhaps it’s the zingy green that’s the issue.Silvia-green-original

So adding a little black to some of the royal blue.Adding-blackThen overpainting the greens with a soft, pale brown to give some depth to the leaf design and knock back the green a bit.Adding-depth-to-leavesAnd, hereย below shows the contrast between before and after halfway through the second layer.Halfway-throughFinallyย it’s all done and ready for steaming.Ready-for-steamingIt appears a little muddy in the pictures, but in real life the finished look is more subtle than the original, plain, strong greens and I think for that reason more effective.Silvia-green-black-finishedMore photos of the finished scarf can be seen on my shop. January 2019 update now sold.

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Author: agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

6 thoughts on “Layering – Part III – Darker Backgrounds”

    1. Yes, I am with you Gwen about bright colours, but in the UK we don’t usually have enough bright sun like you do for bright colours to be a comfortable choice for many people.

      1. I know what you mean. Some years back, after a week in Paris in autumn, I had to tone the wardrobe down to stop standing out as a tourist. But right now, from some over-enthusiastic wardrobe cleansing, and a slight fall in dress size, all I seem to have left is black-white and navy-white stripes. Someone stole my red!

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