When I looked at the portrait of the Seminole Indians with their friend, I had to visualize how the final result was going to appear, what did I want to achieve with this image, and how was I going to get there? I wanted to create an almost large as life image. First, I decided that I would paint the wax and dye on Rayon. Rayon is a man-made fabric that accepts dying very well and shows color much more brilliantly than cotton, and sometimes, silk. Once this was decided, I thought it would look best as a wall hanging, that could be hung from a rod screwed into the wall. I washed the fabric in Synthrapol, a liquid that removes the sizing from the fabric, and allows the dye to adhere more easily . I then worked on my drawing that I would place on the fabric-I draw a small image that I then have blown up to the size I want on a blueprint copier at a local office service store. The new image is then laid down on my work table in my studio and taped down so that it won’t slide. The fabric that is washed and ironed flat, is then laid over the drawing and traced with a charcoal pencil so that the lines from the drawing show up on the fabric much like a drawing is done for a stained glass window. This process can take several hours, as this image did, due to the complexity of the many patterns in the clothing, and rendering each of the six figures. I try to do the drawing in one sitting so that I have a sense of continuity in my images. Then the fun begins…

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