Monday, March 2, 2015

A Month of Painting and Drawing with Thickened Dye

I was so inspired by the work of Ayn Hanna when I saw her work, Bridges, at the Quilt=Art=Quilt show.  Check out the portfolio on her website, especially the "Dye Drawing" and the "More Textile Painting" tabs.  I mean I love all her stuff but those two techniques are the ones I want to focus on this month and in my own surface design growth.  So I am taking you on my journey as I experiment.

Talking about a journey, I thought I would start with my first attempt at painting with thickened dyes.  Our playgroup named Five was meeting and we were going to paint with thickened dye.  I was not really interested but was willing to play along.  I found a picture of a daylily from my garden that I was willing to try and paint with the dyes.  Here it is.

I disliked it soooo much that I just washed it out and hid it away.

I just happened to run across it after I decided the topic for March.  Don't you love it when serendipity happens!  Anyway, since I already dislike it I thought it was a great place to start drawing with thickened dyes.

Next comes the experiment.

Judith

7 comments:

  1. Hi Judith... this is actually a great piece to start on!I for one can't wait to see where you take it. Have some fun along the way and I'll be watching for next post.
    Bethany

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  2. I'm waiting for your posts, interesting stuff!

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  3. thanks for the link to Ayn's site. It looks like an informative month.

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  4. This should be a very interesting month!

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  5. I love painting with dyes be they thickened or the concentrates of the unthickened dyes.
    As time consuming as it is when a dye project fails, I have found it an opportunity for reseda soak and put on another layer. I think yours is going to be great.

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  6. Thanks for the kind words about my work Judith, will be fun to see the results of your experimentation...have big fun with it!

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  7. I have long been an admirer of Ayn's work. Your day lily is a good starting point.

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