Removing the resists.

Remember those resists I put in the panels? It’s time to find them, cut them out to expose the silk and then felt the edges. I usually do this step earlier in the process, but there were too many moving parts in these panels. Since I am felting to a hard stage, there will be plenty of time to work with the wool edges.

Using the drawing as a visual aid, and my fingers as tactile ones, I search for the resists buried in the wool. The resists are made of foam so they stand out. I use an Xacto knife to cut an X over each of the resists. The hot pink color is easy to see in the sea of blue, it helps me to not cut too close to the resist edges. Then I cut the points off and lightly felt the edges. The silk will need further attention when I am at the mark making stage.

 

I think I still have some resists in there so it will be like buried treasure.

I think I still have some resists in there so it will be like buried treasure.