the earth refreshes with frequent showers."
Old Amish saying
The inspiration behind this piece is a chunk of Blue John rock from the Blue John mine in Derbyshire. An appropriate quote as the 'blue' of the rock vein is caused by the rain seeping over the specific minerals underground over millenium.
I used black cotton which I discharged initially with Jacquard discharge paste to get the light 'quartz' bands running down the piece. I used sponges to try to achieve different depths of texture in the rocks - I then used decollourant colour sample pots to add a range of rock like colours to the piece working from behind. (I always find the effects are much better when you are using colour replacement discharge paints if you work on the reverse.) Finally I added flecks of turquoise blue for the Blue John crystals.