...to December 2010 and the December diptych. The crazy hazy time of the holiday season has kept me from planned posts, but the art did get finished within the time frame. As usual I started with an inspiration from the December 2009 sketch journal. Which oddly enough was the last sketch in the book.I decided to experiment with abandon for this last diptych of the year. First step was taking out two pieces of silk prepared for printing and painting on them a la water color with Tsukineko ink. Here are several in progress shots and a close up. Then I went to play with Photoshop and created a stamp image of the original sketch. Which I then printed on the painted silk. I layered the printed silk on two pieces of silk dupioni that happened to work perfectly with the color scheme. You'll see the dupioni peeking through in later pictures. My base all usual is canvas board which for the fun of it I painted in large happy circles. I free hand machine stitched a few of the circles with variegated rayon thread and then hand stitched the printed silk on to the dupioni silk with different variegated embroidery floss. I outlined some circles and gathered two of the edges. Then I trimmed away the excess. And added a bit more embroidery floss stitches. I used matte medium to adhere the fabric to the canvas boards and to darken the edges and keep them from fraying. Then I used Pebeo gloss puff paint to draw circles around the edges, emphasize other circles and add some fun. Here's a detail. And the final (literally) December 2010 diptych.