Thursday, September 20, 2012

Dye Painting Stuff from Karen


I took a class with Hollis Chatelaine a few years ago and did this picture of my daughter and our dog.  I like it, but I never finished it because I wanted to make it bigger and never could decide how best to do that.

Hollis had me mix the dye for my daughter's skin darker than I would have, assuring me that "it will come out much lighter than you think."  She was right about that.  But I hadn't really worked with portraits and/or pre-mixed dyes much.  I'm not crazy about DD's eyes, but Hollis assured me that a lot can be "fixed in the quilting."

Lately, I have been working on a series of quilts for a show this winter with Madison Contemporary Fiber Artists.    This was painted with thickened dyes on cotton.  I just finished the quilting.  I used a bit of foil over MistyFuse to make the beetle shiny.



And this is the fourth piece in the hibiscus series.  I mentioned it here earlier -- here is a link to the process: http://cre8tivekick.blogspot.com/2012/08/tell-all-scoop-on-resistdye-painting.html

I used a flour resist and painted the thickened dye over it.  Again, I used the foil thing for the beetle.  

6 comments:


  1. Karen,
    Nice! Now I'm inspired to think about how I want to quilt my Nasturtiums... I can see where the stitching helps to add the details... thanks for sharing!
    Judy

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  2. Thanks, Judy -- the stitching really makes a difference. And it's fun to do...

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  3. I can't wait to see what you do with the quilting on the portrait, Karen. It's got lots of personality, and I can see where threadwork would certainly make it come alive. Painting faces is a challenge, and this one is wonderful. Keep going!

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  4. This dye painting is really taking on a life of it's own. Such wonderful work too...

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  5. Well done, love the deep colouruse of your flowers!

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  6. Is that a Bernese or a Swissy? I have been in Swissys for, oh, since 1989. 23 (had to get the calculator for that one)

    Love the technique.

    glen

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