I don't usually take commissions. I know where my limitations lie. Deadlines are always tough to meet when you have children as your prime responsibility to care for. Mostly - I worry the whole time whether the client will like the piece, instead of enjoying the process.
This was an exception in many ways. I proposed the commission, the client chose something that was already mostly complete and I had a relaxed, rather than a rigid, timeline. And.... she loved it. Whew. I love it myself.
It began with plain white print cloth.
Dyed - pinkish. Overdyed with browns.
Several images were manipulated in Photoshop to create screens; violin, manuscript, wings.
Manuscript was screened with a discharge agent to remove dye from the fabric.
Manuscript was screened with brown textile paints.
Violins and wings were screen printed.
Large violin was screen printed and brush painted.
Hand stitching around the small violins.
Machine stitching to emphasize the large violin.
Textural machine stitching in areas to help highlight both large and small elements.
Very subtle beads added to add that ... spark.
Presentation - stretched and secured onto gallery wrapped canvas. The client can choose to hang it as-is or add a frame.