That was the question - could I mimic ripples on water.
Recent play with glue gel resist and Jacquard's Dynaflow fabric dye/paints had me curious to try more.
Thinking back to smocking efforts of the past, but not wanting to create such a rigidly rippled structure, I chose to stagger the spacing of the dots, then stitched between them in a staggered manner.
Gathered, then painted with a combo of Azure Blue and violet. Intending a more indigo-like color.
Unfurled. And a surprise delight at the contrast between the colored/uncolored threads.
Ironed flat to finish.