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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Last but not least Discharge paste.

I'm sure many of you have either heard of discharge paste or used it. I know it was featured on this blog before but I think it has been a while. Well, on this last post of the year I thought I would get a bit smarty pants and combine two techniques in one. This fabric has color magnet and discharge paste on it. First I dyed the fabric on which I had screened Color Magnet then put it in a baggy with dye and soda ash.

When after washing, drying and ironing, I turned the fabric face down on my ironing board table and screened on discharge paste . Now that fabric didn't know whether the color was coming or going (bad art humor)

I used this circle screen with a credit card to apply the discharge paste.


Ironing to remove color

Now look at the other side with color magnet feathers and discharged circles coming through the back. VERY nice!!

I hope you saw a few techniques to whet your whistle. We have a long winter to get through so try some of these techniques. Happy New Year to you all.


  1. Great result Beth.
    Wishing you a Very Happy and creative New Year.

  2. That is a great idea Beth, with a beautiful result. Thank you for your posts this month, very interesting. All good wishes for 2016, that it may be as creative as always!

  3. Great combination of techniques, and I love your results! Thanks for all your wonderful ideas and examples!

  4. Wonderful results. I wouldn't have thought of combining the two.

  5. How cool is this!!! Great post!

  6. Happy New Year, Beth. You have discharged 2015 with a great finish!!!

  7. Fascinating. thank you for your month of very interesting posts. Happy New Year

  8. Thank you for sharing your experiments. I have used discharge paste and love it but the color
    "grabber" is a product on my shelf as I haven't quite understood how to use it. Your tutorial is very
    helpful. Thanks.


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