It turned out that this was a mixture of chrysocolla and malachite and not the chrysoprase that had been spoken about but I I found it so beautiful and was immediately inspired to recreate its gorgeous colours and patterns on silk.
The wonderful shades of green and turquoise touch me so deeply at present, beautiful heart chakra colours and so this was just perfect for delving into and exploring with my silk art.
I decided I would create my silk using a combination of techniques, painting and batik using soya wax as a resist.
So I set about mixing some colours that I felt would be in harmony with the chrysocol. This first picture shows the colour palette and how it looked after it dried overnight.
Then I steamed it so that I could freely work on the next layer without any thoughts of anything getting wet and the unfixed dyes doing their own thing.
I then got out one of my frames and stretched the silk on it, ready to receive a full layer of soya wax. It was funny because the silk became quite heavy and gravity was working against me, making the fabric drop downwards off the hooks. So I had to keep rehooking the edges.
When it was all in place, I left the wax to thoroughly dry overnight and the next morning I even cooled it down for an hour in the fridge. I then scrunched it up between my hands before attaching it to the frame again.
The next step was to apply a darker dye all over the piece. I took care to dab off lots of the excess dye from the wax and then left that to dry overnight too.
I like to remove most of the wax before the steaming because otherwise I have a veritable bath of wax. So I put it on the ironing board between layers of kitchen crepe. But be warned, the dye and the wax crumbs go EVERYWHERE. On the ironing board, on the carpet, etc.
After another 3 hours of steaming, out came the silk into a basin full of warm shampoo water for a good rinse.
This is the final piece, ironed and displayed for all to see.
I totally loved creating this piece and have so much inspiration for further pieces. If you’d like to see me create anything inspired by this silk especially for you, please let me know. Just get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org