The scarf chosen for this piece is a 15"x60" stone wash crepe de chine, which is heavier and slightly textured. To prepare for painting, the scarf is first stretched out, in this case using foam board and pearl head pins. Then resist is applied. Resist can be used to define spaces where the artist wishes to keep colors separate, but it also can be used to "draw". In this case, black resist lines served to outline the shapes of the redstarts, and white/red resist used to detail fanciful leaves and branches.