Purple Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums on fan

Japanese textile paint on synthetic fabric fan

Blog Post 27

Don’t just sign your name on your fans–paint on them, too. Here are my purple chrysanthemums on my orange fan.

Some painting tips: If the synthetic fabric fan is tightly woven, you can paint directly on it. If not, use a ground and let it dry for at least a day before painting. To make the focus of your painting pop out, use the complementary color of its background. So here, I used purple for the color of chrysanthemums, the complementary color of orange.

To balance my off-center composition, I signed my name on the opposite side, at the same height, and with a small repeat of my subject.

By the way, here’s how my gold-glazed ‘mums look:

Wth gold mums.jpg




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