I bought a 24″ X 48″ piece of birch panel and made my own frame. I began with a water reflection landscape for the first layer and then painted the wax lines over the landscape. When I was finished and did a critique of the work, I felt this work was too bright and did not have the fabric gauze feeling that I wanted. My intent is for the fabric gauze to be a covering and not the design itself.
So, I started to add gauze like fabric painted squares over the top of the surface. This is the second version.
I liked this version because the the shapes did look like fabric woven shapes but I still felt that the painting was bright and too busy so I started scraping the surface down and I saw that the colors underneath the waxed lines came to the surface and created this variegated surface which I liked. I kept scraping and began to eliminate the strong colors. This is the final version that I am happy with. I will go back and redo the first two versions again and use them as my starting point and see where each one takes me.
Detail of the final artwork