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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I'm succumbing to the pressure

This is not my favorite time to be bleaching but I thought I'd share some really old pieces I did a few years ago. This is my travertine tile entry way inside my front door.
I had a few left over (yes, I laid this tile myself) and used 3X3 tiles, sprayed them with bleach and dropped some black cotton on it. It actually came out very well.
Even before I did this one, Rosalita and I did bleach on a piece of black cotton with dried flour paste mixture on it. The flour paste dried and cracked and we sprayed some bleach on it. That was nice too.

And this is an area in my regular studio that faces the barn (2 feet away). The window is a slider and unlocked all year so I don't get a cramp trying to unlock it. I just slide the window open, put the fan on which is blowing out and fiddle away. I wouldn't use bleach but I do iron discharge paste, transfer dyed and burn and melt organza, Tyvec and generally anything I can put color on and melt. Very fun.
And this table is CLEAN. You should see it when it's not...


  1. I love the piece from the tiles. I find that I'm also drawn to most flour-paste resist pieces. It must be the organic nature of the design.

  2. Beautiful tiles and a wonderful result with bleach.
    gr. Marjolijn

  3. very clever idea. I have some tiles at home too.

  4. The flour paste looks wonderfull, but I hate the rinsing afterwards. Do you wash it in the wash machine?

  5. I'm pretty sure I washed the paste out by hand since I was at Rosalita's house. I love the crackled veining of the flour paste.

  6. I love the last picture and comment. It's good to know I'm not alone in my ability to lose a table top. :)

  7. I like the tile bleaching but I absolutely love the paste bleaching! But I really don't like rinsing.

  8. This is great -- I have to try it. I usually just soak my pasty pieces in a bucket of cold water for a half hour or so and the paste comes right out in the washer.


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