Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Fugitive Medium Experiment

Today I am being an artist/scientist and experimenting.  I have two pieces of fabric that I ice-dyed at the same time.  The two fabrics looked very floral to me so I decided to enhance that fabric story.  I then drew petal shapes around dye blobs on both fabrics with a micron pen. So far, I have treated them the same.

For my independent variable (or is it dependent variable?  I get confused) I used two different fugitive media.  For one I use water-color pencils--not inktense--and for the second I used chalk pastels.

 I took the two samples around to everyone in my office for their opinions about which turned out better and why.  Very interesting results.  So, which do you like better?  I am not telling you which one is the pencil and which one is the chalk till I get some input from y'all.  So, with some pictures closer than other and in no particular order--






  1. I'm partial to #4. Love the windblown flower look.

  2. It was close between 3 and 4 for me, but 4 wins my vote too.

    I got my chalk pastels today and am hoping to have time to "play" Friday or Sunday. I really like the results you all are getting. I hope I have the same success.

  3. It's hard to see the differences unless you can see them in person, but #5 is my favorite.

  4. I like #3 because it reminds me of a patch of heavily flowered lawn. I can see even more flowers than have been outlined so far.

  5. I like 'em all -- but four and six really do it for me -- maybe because they have the most color variation?


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