Painting Berenice Claret

Just recently I have been reviewing all my stock and looking to see what ‘colour’ gaps I should fill. As I have posted previously I have been very taken with the Iceni horse motif found on the coins of the Wickham Market Hoard and, as yet, don’t feel I have exhausted working with such a beautiful subject.

Firstly drawing up the design with coloured, gutta resist.

So, after working with this horse motif to paint five neckerchiefs and three smaller square scarves, I decided that it was time to work it up for a standard, full 90 x 90 cm crepe de chine scarf.

Adding colour, starting with a corner.

As you can see I have created quite a measured and calculated design.

Gradually working from the edges towards the middle.

There are a few small areas of flowing and blended colour such as the dusky turquoise roundels, but this design consists mostly of outlined shapes of unshaded, flat colour.

The last dye painted in was the black in the middle and then the scarf was finished and ready for steaming.

The overall look when viewing the whole scarf laid out is quite a busy piece, but when scrunched up and tied around your neck, or draped across your shoulders, the effect is simply rich and ornate.

Author: agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

14 thoughts on “Painting Berenice Claret”

    1. Thank you. As for the colour scheme I was influenced by a photograph of an antique Persian rug I saw in an old auction catalogue. Nothing’s new is it?

    1. Thank you. I often link the relevant scarf listing on my shop to these posts so any random visitor – potential customer – can see how I create them and give them an idea of how long they take to paint. Plus, Mr Google likes ‘meaningful links’ don’t you know!!

    1. Oh thanks. I can’t really take credit for the colour scheme. It was from a photograph of an antique Persian rug I saw in an old auction catalogue. I am always looking for alternative sources for visual inspiration and the big auction houses now have their catalogues online with good quality photographs of some amazing pieces.

    1. Thanks, Denis. I suppose I mostly do these show and tell posts to give an idea how long each scarf takes to paint and why that makes them more expensive than printed work.

    1. Thanks. I need to start another big complicated one to keep my mind off everything. Like many people I find my attention is completely absorb when working on a creative project. I expect you find that too when you are writing or doing your historical research.

      1. I do, but at the moment I am deflated as my agent still did not think this latest manuscript meets the bar to be shown to publishers.
        So I’m compromising by catching up with blogging . . . and cleaning . . . and many other task-oriented projects that are waiting in the wings.

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