Painting my Doodle

Painting my doodle? I just realized that that sounds like one of those questionable headlines on The Daily Show! Anyway it's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

I can't talk on the phone without doodling on the nearest bit of paper, whatever that is. I can't tell you how many times I've doodled over and obliterated "important documents". But I've never tried doodling on a piece of silk and seeing what came of it. So while I'm waiting for a new shipment of wax to start my next batik painting, I thought I'd try it out.

This is the first part of my silk doodle, with a bit of painting started. The gray lines are resist (something like liquid wax that you draw on with a squeeze bottle). Unfortunately it's more structured than my doodles usually are. That's because I wasn't being absent-minded enough - I wasn't talking on the phone! I hate it when my brain gets in the way! Anyway I'll try not to think TOO much while I'm painting it... we'll see what happens. The resist lines prevent the dyes from flowing past them, and I think I'm just going to paint each section more or less individually, in an abstract way. I did want the focal point to look like a flower. The rest? Who knows!