The pattern drawings start with an acrylic base, which I see as a "suggestive ground". I draw with pastels on top of the acrylic base and follow the patterns I recognize while I seek abstraction and multiple imagery. I love exploring patterns, especially when they work on multiple levels such as micro-macro scales and images within the image.
The monoprints are made by applying oil-based ink to a glass plate and manipulating it to create an image. Working fast is essential as the ink dries relatively quickly depending on the thickness. When the image is done, I press a sheet of paper on the glass to transfer or ‘print’ the image. After the ink dries, (24-48 hours) I add watercolors. The brilliance of the watercolor adjacent to the rich black ink provides contrast and vibrancy. The whole process allows unexpected surprises that add another layer of depth to the artwork and create a more spontaneous and expressive look.
The designs are outlined with gutta or water-based resists, which are applied to white silk (stretched on a stretcher frame). Once the gutta or water-based resist has dried, it acts as a barrier for the silk dye, keeping the color within the outlined areas.