Common elements.

Here are some of the materials I will use for the surface design. Some may look familiar; layering materials I previously felted with will reinforce colors and textures. Other materials include silk threads in a variety of thicknesses from wispy kimono silk to 8-ply needlepoint silk, matte beads, silk and cotton fabrics, and interesting yarns and cords.

Since the panels are a workable size, I’ve moved back into my studio. My needle felting machine and other tools are within easy reach. 

This next phase will be the most time consuming as I complete the paintings. Though each panel will be a separate painting, all three together must form a unified image. I have to consider common elements that will appear on each panel to reinforce the composition.

I inserted multi-colored resists at the felting stage to be one of the common elements. Another is a red stitched line that will meander through the panels. Indigo dyed cheesecloth is a recurring element in my Currents painting series. I love the way it evokes waves or currents or light shining on water.  I will use a variety of free form stitches to add to the texture and color integration.

I'll be making decisions throughout this stage about which areas to highlight and which ones need to recede.

Color, thread and stitch choices. Cheesecloth added in strategic places.

Color, thread and stitch choices. Cheesecloth added in strategic places.