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.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Blick also carageenan is much more expensive than Dharma. So shop around for the best prices.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
This first piece was a yellow-ish color to start, which I parfait dyed using khaki in the bottom layer. I had previously carved a stamp and had stamped several designs on it, but the color contrast got a little washed out due to the dye colors I used and the design is hard to see now.
Friday, April 22, 2011
For the month of May, we'll be exploring the ancient technique of marbling.
Pro Chemical & Dye also has marbling supplies here. They have a "Mini Marbling Kit" as well.
Creative Marbling on Fabric by Judy Simmons (1999, Paperback): A Guide to Making One-Of-A-Kind Fabrics
Marbling on Fabric by Anne Chambers (1995, Paperback)
Marbling by Diane Vogel Maurer, Paul Maurer (1994, Paperback): A Complete Guide to Creating Beautiful Patterned Papers and Fabrics
The Silk Painting Workshop by Jane Venables (1999, Paperback): Painting, Marbling and Batik for Beginners
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
And here it is all unstitched (one picture with flash, one without):
For the second layer, I put in another shibori piece that I stitched circles on. I put some fuchsia dye on the circles, then I poured on some Khaki colored dye onto the whole piece.
Here it is with the stitching all removed.
And here's a picture of the top layer, I just tied some glass globs in randomly on a small piece, and poured the rest of the fuchsia over it.
I think I used too much dye for all second and third layers. If I try this again, I'll use less--since I already had some mixed up, I added the soda ash/salt water mixture to it as Rosalita suggested in her directions. Just used a little too much of it.
Monday, April 11, 2011
I think it is very easy to see that the material was folded or scrunched differently in each piece. Even in a parfait piece, how it goes in the container makes a huge difference in the final results. I certainly think that is something to be mindful of when dyeing fabric for a particular project.
Rather than to use multiple colors, I decided to try a Black Magic Gradation. So, the first color was a weak teal solution, next a stronger teal solution, then a strong solution, a strong solution with a little black and last a strong teal with lots of black. I like the idea but there is so much white left in the fabric that I don't get really see the gradation I wanted to see. That is my fault I think. I only let it sit for a couple of hours and I twisted some of those pieces pretty tight.
Anyway, here are the close ups of each piece flapping in the breeze.
Anyway, my playgroup, FIVE, did their swap on Saturday.
Friday, April 8, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Here is the idea. Each of us in FIVE will do some type of surface technique (dye, paint, ink, stamp, zen doodle, batik, parfait, stencil, shibori, discharge, the list could go on) to a piece of fabric no larger than 1 yard in length. Now, we all know that one surface technique is never enough. So, we will trade the fabric with another member in FIVE who has a month to do another surface technique and pass it to the next person. That person will have a month to do a third technique and pass it along and so on till the fabric has had 5 treatments to it. At that point it will go back to the original owner. Sound interesting?
Want to play? Here are the rules.
1. Respond to this email by April 30 and include your email address.
2. I will put together groups of 4 and send each group the email address of the others in the group. I plan to have that out by May 5.
3. By the last day of May you will have posted in the mail your 1 yard or less of fabric with one surface technique to the person whose name appears below yours in the email list (bottom person goes to the top person). I trust you to contact the person and get the address.
4. By the last day of the next 4 months (June 30, July 31, August 31, and September30) you will have posted in the mail the fabric you received with an added surface technique. The fabric in September should have 4 techniques completed and be returning to the original artist.
5. All costs of mailing will be paid by the person mailing the package. Everyone will pay 4 times whether you are sending your very own fabric the first time or someone else's you have lovingly added a surface design to.
6. All techniques are to be surface design techniques. Do not cut and resew the fabric. That is another kind of Round Robin.
7. Please be mindful of where in the Round Robin cycle you are. For example, generally when you are dyeing you start off with lighter colors to leave you room to over dye with increasingly darker colors. Also, foiling is generally a last technique.
8. Five will be posting pictures of their creations for you to see. Feel free to post pictures of your creations on your website and send us the link. We'll be happy to share the news. This is not required if you are shy, timid, or otherwise adverse to showing off.
Okay, those are the rules! Want to play?