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.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
I really don't have anything new to add to what everyone else has said about working with soy wax. I thought it was pretty easy. The only thing I might mention is that I used a sponge to put some wax on the fabric. It soaked up a "ton" of wax, and it also put a lot of wax down onto the fabric. Maybe I should have squeezed it out a bit more before putting it on my fabric? I can tell you that the sponge is REALLY stiff with dried wax right now!
Here are the before and after pics of the couple of fabrics I got to do tonight.
This first fabric was a commercial piece of fabric with a pattern. I just put wax circles on it.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
This tool was an old mouse pad, cut into 3 circles, then glued with E6000 glue to some hard foam from a computer shipping box.
Circles were made with a variety of items:
Then, the piece was rewaxed using this gridded sink mat and re-dyed:
These were metal things I found at a hardware store a while ago. I tried to glue them to the foam, using E-6000 glue, but they only held for about 3 dips into the wax before it all fell apart. I've tried to glue these same things to a piece of wood, too, but they fell off that, too.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
|A giant wire hand was used on this piece as well as a spiral whisk and a tjanting for the drops. It has one layer of purple/blue paint. I made this for my husband who's a hand therapist.|
Friday, February 18, 2011
I asked. She accepted. Karen Silvers will be a guest blogger on March 1 to show you what she has learned about inks and to show you some examples of what she has done. Stay tuned!
I was going to do a two color dye but ended up liking these colors so I stopped here. The first one was beige and was dyed dark navy.
This next one was mint green. I was going for a nice deep green but it ended up this color. I may over dye it in the future but mean while, I kind of like this eye popping color.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
And here's a potato masher batik piece that I painted with fuchsia & green, then removed the wax and overdyed in khaki to get rid of those stark white outlines.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
This first piece is silk organza. I had used a plastic lace doily beneath the fabric and rubbed a block of soy wax over the surface, trying to capture its lovely laciness (is that a word?). What I found was that the organza was too loosely woven to truly capture the image of the lace. But I didn't find that out until after ironing the wax out of the piece. This is sponge painted with Setasilk paints.
All in all, I have to say I just LOVE silk. What a difference from cotton, so glossy and slinky. Yum!
First, here is a link to the product information for the type of inks that Terri Stegmiller used. It includes a description of the inks, color charts, and a couple of PDF guides of projects on watercolor paper. There are of course other kinds of inks. Judy Coates Perez uses these inks.
Suzan Engler did some tests with theliquid acrylic inks and wrote about it here. I can see Rosalita trying this particular way of using the inks.
Here is Terri Stegmiller's description of the inks and here is the tutorial and finished project from her that incorporated a zentangle technique with a gel pen. It is another way to use the inks.
Here is a third way of using the inks and mixes them with aloe vera gel. I had read of this method before from the Quilt Rat with her outstanding doodles. Quilting Arts also has instructions from Judy Coates Perez for gel ink painting. And here is another blog that tells you how to get the same type of results without using the gel.
Okay, I have told you all that I almost know about using inks with fabric surface design. I have my supplies ordered and look forward to experimenting. But first, I have some more shibori and batik techniques I want to attempt and show the you results--good or bad!
Monday, February 14, 2011
Better Late Then Never (I hope)
“Happy Valentine’s Day”
I did not post any Shibori in January so thought I would show what I did.
The first piece is Charmeuse Silk wound on a rope and scrunched and dyed.
I thought it looked like fish, so painted some on.
The next piece of Shibori is done by folding fabic in half and sewing by hand half circles at the fold and getting bigger and bigger. Each round starts with a knot. The end is left long and cut. At the end, you pull all stings tight and tie off. Dye. One section did not turn out the same as the rest????
Now for the batik by stamping waxed items on fabric, dyeing, and ironing out.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
These pieces were all painted with Setacolor paint using sponges. The red piece was folded in 4, then stamped, unfolded and painted.
I have no idea where my friend got this foam, but I'd sure like to find out! lol
Friday, February 11, 2011
Another Kind of Batik
I enjoy an easy method of batik called the paint on method. This method has few steps and allows for great variations of color and shade without having to master the complicated blending of successive layers of color. I paint on both cotton and silk using the Serti method. Both techniques are done basically the same. Wax is applied to outlines and any portion of the design that are to remain white later. Dye or paint is then applied in many colors to areas inside the waxed design, allowed to set and then the fabric is washed and dried.
According to what you use, i.e., paints or dyes, you may have to steam the finished product or just heat set the piece. I prefer to use Setasilk paints that only need heat setting.
Here are two pieces I am currently working on. The first one is on Charmeuse silk and the second one is on Southern Belle 100% cotton. The last piece is finished and is on Southern Belle 100% cotton.
This piece now has color on the bird's heads and a pale yellow background. I will hand embroider the background with light yellow and light orange silk thread.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
This is what the design looks like after dipping it into the wax and stamping on fabric. The fabric was dyed with grape dye powder.
Here is the "weird kitchen tool" I used, it's kind of like a half-moon flipper.
After dyeing this piece in rust orange, then removing the wax, I dyed it again in a warm yellow/fuchsia mixture. Which turned out to be a little too much like the original orange I used--but this piece definitely has some possibilities.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Then I stretched the fabric over a large box, pinned it in place with push pins, and took it outside to paint. Which I could do because it was in the 50s and sunny.
The leaves are painted with avacado and the background blue is sky blue. Had to keep moving the fabric down and repinning it.
Here it is all painted--I went inside to get a large garbage bag the cover this so it didn't dry too quickly in the sun, and by the time I got back outside, it had blown across the lawn because it was kind of windy. The blue and green blended by rolling across the lawn, which I didn't really want to happen.
I left it overnight, will have to work on it again tonight after work.
I also had time to wax another small piece, this was done with a weird kitchen tool that I got at the Goodwill store. I mixed up a little rust orange dye, then left this overnight. Rinsed it out this morning--think I might dye this again in a warm yellow after I remove the wax.