This historical, imported fabric is completely sumptuous and worth the investment. I am looking forward to researching the tapestry's "pedigree"
This fabric was selected to adorn the altar and lectern of St Joan of Arc Chapel in Milwaukee. Take a look here.
tracing a Pattern to Paint
Preparing a panel for the painted scene:
There I sanded it using a fine wet-sand paper. The idea is to gradually remove any imperfections and even the surface.
The procedure entails spritzing with water then sanding and repeating until you are satisfied. Ideally it should feel like porcelain to the touch. Then I flipped over the board and using regular sand paper, I removed any gesso spotting that might have happened. The board will dry for another day and then it will be finely dry sanded (buffed) one more time.
Paradise: In a Symbol
by Christina Rossetti 1865
One to another calling, Each answering each, One to another calling In their proper speech: High above my head they wheeled,
Far out of reach.
On wings of flame they went and came With a cadenced clang, Their silver wings tinkled, Their golden wings rang, The wind it whistled through their wings
Where in Heaven they sang.
They flashed and they darted Awhile before mine eyes, Mounting, mounting, mounting still In haste to scale the skies— Birds without a nest on earth, Birds of Paradise.
Where the moon riseth not, Nor sun seeks the west, There to sing their glory Which they sing at rest, There to sing their love-song
When they sing their best:
Not in any garden That mortal foot hath trod, Not in any flowering tree That springs from earthly sod, But in the garden where they dwell,
...The Paradise of God."