Beginning The Overlays

Looking along a worktable at printouts of Akhenaten and Nefertiti being trimmed

I had originally intended to screenprint the gauze overlays for the main Amarna panels, but it was proving difficult to find a way of doing it large enough, without excessive cost. Besides, since I have been sketching, painting, and drawing very much more often over the last few years, I’m much more willing to risk my arm (as it were) by doing it in a more immediate manner.

Akhenaten, drawn onto gauze using inktense blocks

So I found a local printer who was willing to print out my manipulated images of Akhenaten and Nefertiti so I could use them as guides. They had a torrid time with a brand-new printer that kept on not doing as they expected, but they got there in the end, and I stretched my gauze over the printouts, attached to a padded board, fished out some brown inktense blocks, and got started.

Nefertiti, drawing on gauze with inktense blocks

Of course it’s difficult to see where you’ve been on a gauze when the template (for want of a better term) is as strongly marked as these, so when I felt I’d been all over the image once, I drew out the template and went back in by eye.

I still don’t consider I have all that accurate an eye for angle and form, so that was truly terrifying.

Akhenaten and Nefertiti on gauze, hanging up in a kitchen. You can see the corner of a door, and a fridge and washing machine, through the fabric.

When I hung them from the laundry rack in the kitchen, however, they were “there and not there” in a very promising manner.

Whether or not these are the final versions I use (I’ve enough gauze to go again if they turn out to be the wrong colour or if I need to tweak the tones), will have to wait until I’ve been able to set them up in front of the panels, but until then, I think I can say that I’m very pleased!


  1. Sue Jones says:

    They look amazing against the fridge-freezer, so I think that’s a win.

  2. Lin says:

    Looking good

  3. Meredithe says:

    I’m constantly amazed at the ideas/innovations you come up with! Go you!

  4. There is always so much thought behind your work! This is looking good.

  5. Karen says:

    They look pretty awesome to me – and what a good idea to lay the gauze over the image in order to transfer the design.

  6. Alex Hall says:

    That’s an amazing idea and it gives a haunting feel. It reminds me of some of Susan Lenz’s big installations, particularly her gravestones work from a few years back.

  7. Carolyn Foley says:

    What a great idea.

  8. Linda says:

    Looking good. My Grandson told me this last weekend that they will be learning about the Egyptians next.

  9. Jillayne says:

    Absolutely brilliant – what a clever way to do this. I think they look beautiful, especially in the lower image… almost haunting in a way, the eyes are so striking. Well done Rachel.