Taniwha are mythical Maori creatures, the New Zealand equivalent of dragons. I am quite entranced by them, being a fragon person, so I've decided to put some in a quilt. They are shown in various different ways. The shapes I have adopted are from both artistic interpretations and bone carvings. I have made them all two-toned, denoting their otherwordly status, in smoky sultry colours. Accordingly, I needed a suitable background fabric but had nothing suitable. Taniwha live in water, so I wanted something with deep mysterious blues and purples, with some spooky black bits. I took the following very dull piece of dyed fabric:
Note the useful painting board, kindly made for me by Kathryn and her husband Ken. Then I spritzed it with water and applied various paints. The result (still wet) :
A far more suitable taniwha lair. It will dry lighter, but if it's too light, I'll darken it up. Tomorrow, I should be able to start placing the taniwha around.
Later: I didn't like the yellowish colour as it dried so I darkened it, but don't really like how it's turned out, so I did another from the same original piece of blue splodged fabric. Always hard to overpaint, it's not like dye. I like this one better -here's a taniwha trying it out for size.