Finishing Touches

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The printing is all done!  Now it’s time to wait for a few days for the dye to ‘cold cure.”

Below is a closeup of one of the trout prints.  After the dye cured, I rinsed and washed the whole cloth.  The fabric was then laminated with acrylic varnish to a large canvas.  This gives the fabric a rich, wet look.

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I was curious to see how toy soldiers would look with the fish on this artwork, so I literally laid out a little army of these plastic toys.

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I decided that they were just what I wanted to ‘tell the story.’

Next, I took various closeup photos of each soldier pose and color.  Then after printing out photos, I had them color photocopied.  In this way I got a stronger, more permanent color for the collage technique I had planned.

After lots of careful cutting, I used gel medium to collage the toy soldier images onto my fabric/collage/canvas artwork.  Final touches of acrylic stains gave both the soldiers and other parts of the artwork unity.

Below is the completed artwork!

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Look for some exciting news in my next post!  It’s a “bucket-list” moment!

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