I grabbed my new favourite palette
I made a test sandwich (which, as you can see, I used all weekend long)
I have to say here that the test sandwich was the most amazingly cool idea, since it let me play with different colour mixes, and play with how much dilution I might need in order to achieve the look that I wanted. And, after about 5 hours of painting, here is what I came up with:
The full shot ( I love how the colours look here!)
I was loving the way that this looked, but I needed something more; it was time to sleep, so I went to bed and let my brain mull this all over. Geishas generally have their face and neck painted white, but not their hands, so I knew that I needed more fabric paint - not a problem, since there is an awesome art store called The Upstart Crow about 5 minutes from where I live. From there, my only challenge was to figure out how to paint the chopsticks in my Geisha's hair, without "overdoing" it... eventually, I came up with this:
It took a while to get it all planned out and done, and though it's hard to see, I did actually paint the chopsticks, using Jacquard's Lumiere paint in iridescent. In all, I think that it's looking great, and I am excited to use my blue thread with gold metallic in it from Yenmet on the kimono. The coolest part about using the Yenmet threads, which I also used to do the design surrounding the Geisha, is that it's made in Japan. Perfect match, right? Yeah!!
Oh, and if you are wondering - for the blue on the kimono, I used sky blue transparent mixed with shimmer gold opaque Setacolor paint, diluted with water; for the collar, I used only the gold shimmer paint diluted with a little water. Next, for the red dressing in her hair and around her waist, I mixed oriental red transparent with vermillion transparent, and a bit of shimmer gold opaque Setacolor paint, and of course a bit of water. The ginko leaves were painted with fairly diluted green gold opaque paint, and accented with diluted fawn transparent Setacolor paint. The toughest part was the Geisha's hands, which were done in fawn transparent, with a bit of sienna opaque Setacolor paint added to the mix; in order to get such a light color, a fair amount of water was added to the paint in order to dilute to the right shade. After putting paint on her hands, I used a clean paper towel to lift some of it off, so as to make the colour wash even lighter - overall, I am very happy with the results, and looking forward to working on the rest of this quilt!