|"Through the Marsh at Dusk" - A Completed Overprinting|
First I applied blue painter's tape to make parallel lines and then used a stencil brush to apply Setacolor transparent paint in one direction. Next the tape was applied perpendicularly across the first stenciled lines and also stenciled with Setacolor transparent paint. A grid was created that started to look a bit like plaid. I rather liked that but it probably would have made a better print for pajamas than a basis for an art work.
I dug into my stash of previously used screens and found these two that I thought might provide a counterbalance to the overall grid design.
The screen on the right produces an image that resembles grass or reeds and/or flames, depending upon the context in which it is used. In this instance it could be used as reeds. I did not screen it but, instead, used a stencil brush and a combination of red and green Setacolor transparency paints to make two, side by side, stenciled images.
After the reed layer was dry, I used the flying bird screen also as a stencil to apply three bird images with opaque, white Tulip fabric paint. At first I was distressed that all the images were not crisp but upon a second look, I believe that the inconsistent printing actually enhanced the feeling of movement as these birds fly through marshland reeds at dusk.
It took a bit of doing to make what at first seemed like it was a flopped experiment into something that just might have possibilities.
It's a good day when a questionable "orphan" piece is brought into the larger family of works in progress.