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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
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Sunday, May 22, 2011
I don't personally care for the highly swirled marbling but loved Rosalita's flowers and blobs so I was going for those results. Here are my two flowery attempts. The pink flower is not bad but I don't care for the green leaves.
Then I moved on to the blobs. On the first one I tried to lay the fabric down by myself. That was a mistake. You can see lines where I hesitated when laying the fabric down on the carrageenan and inks.
But I love the blobs! I think pieces of that fabric will be quilted and turned into mini works of art. So I made more blobs. I love my blobs below. It makes me think of green eggs and ham.
Unfortunately, I just have the one to show to you today. The rest were still wet and I left them at Rosalita's to dry. But I got really good at making blobs and started making them into better compositions. Can't wait to show you.
Okay, so lessons learned for the day.
- FW Acrylic Inks work well. Rosalita especially thought the black was superior to the airbrush black paint she was using.
- I loved working with the white ink to create rings inside other colors and white on white. You can see the rings in the green eggs and ham picture and you can see the white on white I got in the outer edge of the pink flowers.
- While Rosalita needed to use the surfactant with the paint, I did not need it for the inks to disperse well.
- Cargeena is tempermental. First thing in the morning it was working great. After lunch two of the three trays were sinking the ink (see the results of sinking rather than dispersing ink below). We let it sit for another 1/2 hour or so, skimmed the surface again, and tried again, and it worked fine. ?????
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The 8 fabrics (maximum size is 1 yard and a suggested size is a fat half) should be getting their first layer in the next couple of weeks and so they can arrive at the next destination by May 31. Until we have something exciting to show, take a look at this art cloth round robin reveal.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Sorry I am so late posting my marbling play day with Kathy Molatch. We had a great day and learned a little more about marbling. However, we also learned we need to know a lot more.
As Kathy mentioned, I mixed the Carageenan without putting Calgon in it. My water is hard and really needed the water softener. We mixed it in later but I don’t think it did as well as it would have if I had put the Calgon in from the get go.
Here is a start on what I want to accomplish. The problem is the paint did not stay where I wanted it.
I sort of like this one but still not quite what I want.
At the end, we got a little funky. I am a what-if kind of gal. So………..
This was not as great. I used transparent purple first and then it was hard to work the opaque paint afterwards.
Here is a picture of my days marbling.
I had a great day and hopefully will find some more time soon to try again.
Another variable in our marbling is that I used transparent paints, and Rosalita used opaque paints. The opaques seemed to work a bit better, though the transparent paints were also vibrant on the white fabric. Where the difference really showed up was on the dark fabrics. I did mix opaques into my transparent paints, particularly opaque white, as you can see on the dark navy fabrics. The effect of the light colors on the dark fabrics is quite pleasing.
|This small container of carageenan was our test batch. Everything seemed okay when we dropped green paint into it.|
|Although a bit hard to see, this is the first drop of black paint in the upper right. It dispersed rapidly.|
|Subsequent drops of black paint.|
|I added red, then metallic gold, then white and lastly some yellow.|
|Here I've used a wooden skewer to swirl the paints. The metallic gold made the other colors have ragged edges, not the smooth swirling that I was looking for.|
|A new try. You can see the paints from last time that sank to the bottom.|
|Red, yellow were added here, then a bit of spattering with white and some purple dots laid into the yellow areas.|
|More red, then red dots laid into the red. By this time, I realized that I didn't like the white.|
|Here I've started swirling, again with a single wooden skewer.|
|This is the final swirled paint (after adding black paint) just before laying down the fabric.|
Thursday, May 12, 2011
|More finished pieces. Looking at these photos, I realized that not only did Rosalita choose opaque, she also gravitates toward the warm side of the color spectrum. I'm on the cool side with my transparent paints.|
|This is one of my pieces done on dark navy. The dark, almost black background really made the colors pop.|
|A view of my finished pieces.|
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
I am just now getting the round robin organized. If you need a refresher on the rules, read here. I have contacted everyone who said they were interested. If you are a latecomer, you have till Friday morning, May 13 to send me your email address. The more the merrier!
Monday, May 9, 2011
|Purple Setacolor was sinking fast, so it was quickly swirled and no other colors were used on this piece.|
|I was curious as to just how well the alum (which is a drying agent) kept the paints and inks adhered to the fabric. This is actually a small sample using untreated PFD fabric. It's easy to see that the purple ink ran when the fabric was pulled.|
|We fell in love with Gold! And Peony Purple! This piece came out the best of all the methocel fabrics we did.|
Tomorrow is marbling with carrageenan! woohoo! Look for the results on Wednesday!
Friday, May 6, 2011
This is Galen Berry's website, and he has a fantastic gallery of over 100 marbling pattern images...so very beautiful! Here's the link for Galen's marbling images (there are page after page of large-sized images of all sorts of different marbling technique results) and here's the link for his home page http://marbleart.us/index.htm
Here are some recent experiments with using Methocel as a base for marbling. Rosalita and I spent a day doing "what if" things, trying Tsukineko inks, Setacolor, and Jacquard marbling colors.
|We used the Mini Marbling Kit from Jacquard for our experiments, Versatex surfactant, and "Creative Marbling on Fabric" and "Marbling" as references.|
|This is our laboratory setup. lol|
|Somewhat disappointed, but undeterred, we continued to add drops of paints, then swirled the colors using a wooden skewer. The pattern developed nicely, but the paints were sinking. Our conclusion is that the Methocel mixture was too thin.|
|This is the treated fabric laid on the surface of the paint.|
|Here is the fabric just after pulling up from the surface of the Methocel. We'd forgotten to drag it across the edge of the tub, so there was still a major amount of paint and Methocel which dripped down the fabric. This rinsed off.|
|This is the dried print. We found that the last, black paint retained its vividness the best, most of the previous paint having started to sink. Also, the metallics in the Lumiere flaked off.|
|Here I am using the outdoor 'facilities' to rinse off the Methocel. This allowed me to keep it from going into the septic system, however, the water is cold!|