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.
Monday, August 6, 2012
A great technique does not guarantee great results
I started out with a really lovely ice dyed fabric. Here you see it pinned to my wonderful padded print surface that Beth helped me make. I have been thinking about stamping a pattern in a resist on one of my ice dyes and then overdyeing it in black. So that was my plan to try with the sugar resist on this piece.
Here are the stamps I used. I bought them on my summer vacation at a craft fair in Berea, Kentucky.
I then cooked my sugar resist from white sugar and water, let it cool, and stamped the fabric with the resist. It was a big more blobby that I wanted but still doable.
Next I immediately stamped the fabric with some leftover fuchsia dye paste I had in the fridge.
I forgot to take a picture of the next step but I dropped black dye onto the fabric in droplets that did not completely cover the fabric with the dye so you can see the drops. Since that black dye was also leftover dye from the fridge, at this point there was no soda ash in the process. To add the soda ash, I sprayed the fabric with the solution. I expected a lot of bleeding of the black dye but got very little. I then let it batch, rinsed, washed, dried, ironed, and got this results. Yuck.
And a couple of detail shots where I tried to avoid the too bright fuchsia dragonflies. Without the dragonflies, the fabric is ...uh...interesting.
This is definitely a piece that will go back into the recycle pile but I learned some lessons.
1. Yep, Lisa did warn us that the wet on wet technique gave soft edges. The sugar resist did work but it has very soft edges that would look great in something other than blobby dragonflies. Assessment--I shoulda known better.
2. Dragonfly stamps are better used with a resist with more thickness that will give more detail and harder edges. See assessment above.
3. Droplets really do not do a good job of defining shapes. I needed an all over color to do that. See assessment #1.
4. Try again but try not to forget all my years of hard learned lessons. LOL