For this, the sixth piece for 2014, I have used a John Updike quote that I always remember being quoted at school.
"Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth without rain there would be no life....."
This piece was rather experimental -I wanted to try to give the effect of a summer rainstorm with the sun shining through the rain. Having used discharge pastes to create my background effects on my work all year - I wanted to try them to see how they worked with the subliminal contact inks ( transfer inks). I started by colouring the fabric by painting the inks loosely on paper then transferring them to the fabric with an iron. (All the information you read says that trnasfer inks/paints only work on polycotton or polyester / manmade mixes - I find they work fine on cotton if correctly applied) I then tried to use discharge paste sponged on to lighten areas - this did not work - the inks are fixed very well to the cotton fibre - only bleach had any effect and I don't like to use bleach on my work. So I painted some more inks to create the lighter areas to create the effect I wanted without the aid of discharge pastes!