A TECHNIQUE DRIVEN Blog dedicated to mastery of surface design techniques. First we dye, overdye, paint, stitch, resist, tie, fold, silk screen, stamp, thermofax, batik, bejewel, stretch, shrink, sprinkle, Smooch, fuse, slice, dice, AND then we set it on fire using a variety of heat tools.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Adventures with Carageenan, Part 2

Good morning!  These are photos of finished pieces at the end of the day.


More finished pieces.  Looking at these photos, I realized that not only did Rosalita choose opaque, she also gravitates toward the warm side of the color spectrum.  I'm on the cool side with my transparent paints.

This is one of my pieces done on dark navy.  The dark, almost black background really made the colors pop.

A view of my finished pieces.

This marbling session really taught me a lot.  I can't wait to get into this in my studio, which I'll be doing this weekend.  I hope that some of you out there in fiber land get the opportunity to try this technique and post some results.


  1. I love the larger prints you've made here--and the darker background gives the colors a completely different look. About how big are the pieces of fabric, the size of a dishpan?

  2. Yes, they're about 11" by 13". The size of the tray/pan that is used really affects just how large a piece of fabric can be marbled. We tried some pieces that were larger than the tray by about 1/2" or so. The result was that the fabric tended to stick to the side of the tray rather than laying flat, so poking the edges down resulted in breaks in the design or smears. It's best to use fabric sized to 1/2" to 1" smaller on all edges than the size of the tray being used.

  3. I'm excited to try this technique too - although I may have to wait until June to do so!

  4. I posted a comment on this earlier, but it was gone along with the post. Glad to see it's back! I love these pieces, especially the ones with the darker colors and the ones with the bigger "globs" of color.


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