Basket/Pottery Illusion

The basket illusion technique that creates the individually colored squares or rectangles is created by cutting 1/8th or 3/16th inch beads around the piece while turning. The valley created between beads is burned to create a black shadow line between each bead going around the circumference of the piece. The container is then marked into evenly spaced divisions using an indexing wheel. The lines going vertically are blackened into shadow lines using a wood burning pen. The individual squares or rectangles this creates are individually hand painted using pigmented India ink pens. The Pigmented India inks are archival quality colors that are waterproof, lightfast, acid-free, and pH-neutral. The final surface is protected with several coats of clear matte acrylic finish.