To Rimpa or Not to Rimpa

I am using this poor term mercilessly and incorrectly, but it’s my word now, so I’ll enjoy it.  The term refers to a Japanese technique of watercolor effects that appear on their gorgeous gold-leafed landscape panels.

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See more details and have a look at what I’ve done one my Rimpa page.

First attempt at an iris rimpa.
First attempt at an iris rimpa.

These pieces are mostly 8″ x 10″ and look great framed.  I’m announcing right here and right now that I intend to make a full quilt using this technique.  Yep, I’m going to quilt through that gold lame and everything.  Wish me luck!

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