Responding to the urge to return to a simpler life through small scale organic farming. Ravenwood Farm & Art studio is a small homestead on the border of Putney & Westminster, Vermont. Our focus is on raising our own organic, non GMO food and selling any extra that we produce to help support the farm. As a retired professional artist I also use the creative process of art journaling and photography to help navigate the ups and downs of living life with a post Lyme chronic illness.
When I paint a scarf with thickened dyes the scarf is pinned to a sheet of cotton muslin and all of the excess dye bleeds through to the muslin only to be washed off eventually. This seemed like such a waste to me so I tried an experiment. In printmaking the second print you pull from a plate is called a "Ghost print" it is a weaker version of the first print but is often very interesting and can be further worked. So with that in mind I layered 2 blank scarves onto my table and pinned them down one on top of the other. After I was done painting I had a nearly complete duplicate scarf underneath the scarf that I had painted. It needed only slight touch ups and was much less work than painting a completely new scarf from scratch. Plus all of that excess dye was salvaged instead of being wasted on the drop cloth below only to be washed off.
The scarf towards the back was on top and the one towards the front of the photo was on the bottom. This "Ghost" scarf absorbed the excess dye and needed only minor touching up to complete it.
The top scarf, another scarf and the "Ghost" scarf hanging on the line before steaming.