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Topic: Sheeeeeps Innnnnnnn Spaaaaaaaace!  (Read 6623 times)
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« on: December 19, 2010 03:05:08 PM »

Sorry.....everytime I look at this piece it reminds me of the "Pigs in Space" skits they had on the Muppet Show.

This is a silk painting I completed in Florence,Italy during a batik class I was taking this summer.  My husband was generous enough to pay for me to spend 5 weeks in Florence studying art.  I married an incredible man!  I always wanted to learn batik and ran with the opportunity.  It was a FABULOUS class!!

The white outlines are the areas where the wax was applied to the silk to prevent the color from bleeding.  If you have any kind of opening or break in your wax the color will bleed through so this was used as our learning piece so we could learn to control our wax application for the "true" batiks we'd be doing later in the class.  The dyes in this particular process are added using brushes much in the manner of a watercolor. 

When I got home I decided to quilt this batik and added a few buttons I'd bought while in Italy from a tiny little shop.  The woman there said the box of buttons I was looking at was in the store when she bought the place 40 years earlier!  The batik is now mounted on a fabric backing and has been stretched on to canvas stretching frames so that it can be framed. 

I'm not sure what inspired me to come up with an image of a sheep in space, but I think it's loads of fun!


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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2010 04:00:51 PM »

This is gorgeous!
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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2010 04:15:07 PM »

I LOVE THIS!!! I remember learning this technique in grade school art class. Oddly enough, my contribution was very similar to yours with Saturn the moon and a comet. Of course, mine was no where near this awesome.

Thanks for sharing and bringing back the memories.
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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2010 05:06:36 PM »

Very cute.  The sheep and Saturn look exactly like their made of watercolors, great technique.  Nicely done.
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« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2010 05:39:07 PM »

i love this!!
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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2010 10:48:30 PM »

I love it!
How amazing to study art in Florence!
I am soooo green with envy  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2010 07:03:40 AM »

What a great sheep! I love it.
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« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2010 12:45:34 PM »

I LOVE THIS!!! I remember learning this technique in grade school art class. Oddly enough, my contribution was very similar to yours with Saturn the moon and a comet. Of course, mine was no where near this awesome.

I know that part of the reason I chose to do space was because I knew in the learning process I was going to have some spills and drips.  By doing a space scene not only could I make "stars" to test whether I had the wax too hot (it spreads very quickly if too hot) or too cold but if I had any drips or small spills it wouldn't look like a "mistake.  I want to continue doing this SO badly but right now I don't have the space or the supplies.  I WILL do it eventually however.
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« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2010 05:52:36 PM »

This is amazingly well done for a first try! Silk painting is a b... mother in law.. to learn.  Grin

I giggled when I read the title because Piggggs in Spaaaaaaace came right to mind. LOL
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« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2010 01:04:00 PM »

beautiful! love it!
you just dont see enough of space pictures with sheep....or even Muppets for that matter! Grin
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