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.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
OK, my turn, sugar syrup.... had to make it myself as I could not think of any apropriate alternative, for sale in the supermarket in the Netherlands. So, one part of sugar, one part of water, simmering for 20 minutes on the fire. Put it in the refrigerator for a night. Didn´t look very thick, actually quite ´runny´ but nevertheless, I started this experiment and wanted to finish it!
So I poured it very carefully on the (PFD, not sodasoaked) fabric which actually looked OK:
Until the morning after ;-):
But I kept the good spirit and went on with the experiment. I decided to use some old thickened Procion MX dye, and added a teaspoon of soda-ash to the dye to fix the dye while batching:
Used a big brush to paint the fabric with it:
Added some turquoise as well:
Looked a bit dry to me, and as we have a ´tropical temperature´ in the Netherlands at the moment, I decided to moisturize is with waterspray, just a little bit, and covered it with plastic to leave it for a couple of hours:
After rinsing and ironing, the surprise was there, a darker coloured halo around every sugar-resist-spot...
And a sort of sugar crystles in those ´whitish´ areas:
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Rather than give up, I decided to go big. First I re-read the directions. Perhaps my big problem is that I am not adding the soda ash solution till late. So, I will soak and dry my material first. Second, maybe my sugar solution is too weak. I debated making another sugar syrup but thought, gee, I have lots of forms of sugar syrups around the house so why re-invent the wheel?? So here goes the big sugar experiment.
Here is the whisk that I used to make the prints. I found it in an antique shop while on vacation. I love hunting through antique shops for odd print tools.
And here are the 4 types of syrups printed on the fabric.
- Using previously soda ash soaked fabric is important to get the benefit of the "first strike" of the dye.
- Any heavy sugar syrup will act as a resist and the dark color of molasses or dark corn syrup does not stain the fabric.
- The pancake syrup fabric looks different because I moved it and rolled it to batch. The other three pieces I left in place to batch. They have a much more distinct pattern to them. One is not necessarily better than the other but it will be good to remember that I can get the two different results.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Piece 1--I brushed the syrup onto the fabric with a paint brush and a plastic barbecue brush to manipulate the syrup before placing the dyes on the piece with an eye dropper.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
It took me three tries to get this right, but I really like the results. The first time, the syrup was too thin and I schmeared it all over the fabric and got really light, non- resisted stuff. Unlike Judith, I didn't save them to show -- I immediately over-dyed them and now I love them.
The second time, I boiled it too long or too hot and got some delicious caramel. Great for eating -- not so great for this project.
The third time it was just right -- I set a timer and didn't leave the kitchen to do other things while it was simmering. The top two photos show the sugar syrup drizzled over the fabric and the third is the result after everything was washed out.
This shows the sugar syrup before I applied all the dye.
This is the syrup and dye before batching and rinsing.
This one was done with drops of syrup and dye from pipettes.
I like the backside of all of these best -- you can see the patterning from the dyes running together with the resist.
I like this -- it's easy and there's no waiting for stuff to dry before dyeing. The results are quite different from the flour resists I'm so fond of. I did some resist/dye-painting recently that is here on my own blog. Very different....
Thursday, August 9, 2012
I was thinking dandelion and I ended up with fireworks. Nice, no?
Or are those pine cone tassels?
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Thanks so much for all of your comments. I've set up a flickr group for posting photos of resist-dyed cloth. If you'd like to post yours, email me and I'll send you the link.
Monday, August 6, 2012
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