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A Good Studio Day

Today, I got in to the studio early and stayed late, working on the other piece that has been on my design wall. I removed the portion with the organza overlay and cut work. Then I discharged some circles on the black section, using freezer paper stencils and Softscrub cleanser.


Here is what the circles looked like after they were washed with antichlor and dried.



I decided I didn’t like the linear design of the circles. It looked like I was trying to line them up, but missed. So I discharged some more circles.


Not sure I like this either, but more about that later.

I found three different kimono fabrics that coordinated with the circles in the batik piece. I cut circles and fused them to a strip of the black fabric and then covered it with green metallic silk organza (not shown in this photo)


I decided to audition a hand-dyed lime green piece under the gray organza piece. The organza over the kimono circles will be stitched and cut. I did a small sample today to see how it would look. So, here are the two possible designs. Do you have an opinion? I could always go back to plain black under the organza overlay.



12 Responses to “A Good Studio Day”

  1. Judy says:

    after reading all of the comments, I’m wondering if you used a bit more of the chartreuse on the right hand side…….perhaps just a sliver at the right side of the dots?

  2. Judy says:

    Sorry to be so late to the dance, but as you know our internet has been out.
    I have not read any of the other comments, but I like numero dos the very best!
    You certainly have a great time with your grandkids. I hope that I am still young enough to enjoy mine when and if they come along!!!
    xo xo xo

  3. Diane says:

    This is very intriguing! My reaction is that this has no clear focal point yet. What do you want this to be about? The circles? The lines? The color? I’ll be interested to see where you go with this.

  4. Lee Fowler says:

    I really like the discharged circles and I like the kimono circles as well. I find the red distracting. Maybe if that strip was skinnier it wouldn’t seem so overwhelming.

  5. terry grant says:

    I think I like the discharged circles best, though the green is a good punch and could maybe be used in there somewhere, but there is something that seems more important to decide first to me. I think there needs to be more contrast in size between the strips. They are at that uncomfortable “almost the same” size range. If they were adjusted I think the color issue would be easier to decide.

  6. Deborah says:

    I like the organza over the discharged circles for sure. Especially after the second round of discharging where you have some of the circles overlapping for an even more discharged spot or two. Genius. I think there is a place for the green — but much less of it. Maybe a teeny tiny thin stripe somewhere.

  7. MsLizF says:

    Love the lime green but your eye is drawn to it…..love the discharged circles after the second discharge. I really like the way the circles are layered. Back to the lime green when I look at that piece that is all I see….a little too bright.

  8. dee says:

    As always, I love me some lime green but I agree with Kristen-I think it distracts the eye from the rest of the piece. Maybe if there were less of it???? Like very skinny pieces? The discharge circles are great loking.

  9. Kristin L says:

    I like the green, but I think it distracts a teeny bit too much from the kimono circles. I like the discharge circles because it gives the whole piece a nice circle theme to hold it all together. So, what if you used the green only under the organza strip (so it’s toned down) and left just a little bit of discharged circles peeking out the edges? I definitely like the repetition of the shapes — both the circles and the horizontal stripes.

  10. Jeannie says:

    I like the lime green – it is striking and balances the red-orange piece. Nice work!

  11. Leah says:

    I like the discharged spots best

  12. Kirsty says:

    Oooh the lime green is a definite goer in my opinion!