Getting Inky with Some Abstract Artwork

Exploring drawing and painting on fabric has been a life-long obsession of mine, and inspired by the beautiful blendings of colours that watercolor artists create, I decided to explore the effects of ink on wet fabric....

Some have become artworks in their own right, whereas others become part of a pattern, or composite artwork, combined with my drawings, and many are just a very faint background, you would hardly notice...

I love to work outside in the sunshine, where I am inspired by the summery colors of nature

I created my first experimental artwork - just to see what happened - and was fascinated by how the colors and patterns creep and swirl across the fabric, as the fabric dries. The finished result is normally nothing like the initial brushstrokes on the fabric would suggest...

Working with such a watery medium, the final result is unpredictable, but that is its beauty!

The process was such fun, and so inspirational for me, that I've continued to explore this process...

Certainly, the results can be unpredictable, and there are a fair few 'disasters' created, but I love how the artwork almost creates itself, before your very eyes, and can become an expression...

I love the vibrant colors in the inks

I listen to music before I create each artwork - (usually classical - Philip Glass is a favorite for getting me in the right creative frame of mind) - and hold a feeling, and color-vision, in my mind as I create the piece with inks...

Then it gets to dry - drying time can affect the finished result considerably!

Take a look at some of my favourite inky unusual artwork creations....

(Click on any image to see it larger/slideshow view)