The first was Limpopo (after the great green greasy Limpopo River in Kipling)
I began the next project with the other ibis, a big piece of silk dupioni over painted with iridescent ink and Dye-Na-Flow, and a paper cut out the same size as the leaves I wanted to use. I pinned them to the wall, and printed out a photo of it on plain paper. Then I made a rough sketch right on the photo of the rest of the design with colored pencils. I like this planning technique because the basic elements are there, to scale, and I can get an idea of how many new elements I need to make to complete the piece.
So far, Sue's silk has inspired 5 very different works-and-maybe more to come- but the best gift of all is her friendship!