I wasn't happy with the density of the ink on the weaver's cloth and knew I would not be able to get the depth of color (or texture) I was looking for with the inks -- so I got out the acrylics. Much better!
I really love the painting process, and I had to keep reminding myself not to spend too much time on the painting because all said and done -- the paint layer will be primarily covered (with only slivers of depth showing) with thread.
I really need some stiffer brushes. . In fact, I'd like to know what type of brush Van Gogh used. (I'm going to look that up.) If you have ever tried imitating his style with a sable brush, it's not a very successful endeavor. In fact, I got much better results using some really cheap brushes that I swear are out of straw. Those are actually some of my favorite brushes because of the texture they create. I use them alot in landscape elements - particularly for pine trees and mountains.
Anyway, I'm done with the paint and tomorrow if I can find the time, I'll start with the thread. I'm debating as to whether I should try the "slow cloth" approach and do it by hand with some nice floss - maybe some silk and hand dyed or shimmery threads. Hand stitching would absolutely imitate those short brush strokes beautifully. I'll contemplate that tonight while watching one of my favorite movies that is just getting ready to start -- The Perfect Storm.
It's time to dim the lights, make a yummy soy latte and watch!
La tempesta sta attendendo! Goda della notte i miei amici.