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Subtractive pear


The heavy machine stitch and washes behind these crosses make this feel very much like the textile equivalent of subtractive painting.

Subtractive painting is just taking away paint to show the underneath colours. 

I whipped up a quick subtractive pear this morning as there's a lot of gorgeous fruit around to draw and paint as we go into autumn.

A base layer of vibrant pink!

A layer of iridescent bright gold

A very thick layer of Phthalo blue. 

I used a palette knife, kitchen towel, paintbrush and cotton buds to draw into the wet paint. I would have liked more of the pink to show through - I obviously put the gold layer on too thickly.



  1. Great post! I really liked the demonstration

    1. Thank you Beth - still waiting for that paint to dry!