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.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Quality of Line
I was hoping for an exciting piece. I needed a bold statement line to get that effect. Now with the bubbling of the thickened dye I got a bit more wild child than I had intended but I like it. It would have been a very different piece, a Miss Manners piece, if I had chosen a different quality of line. Not saying that is bad. Just saying it would have been different. So lets look at some of wild child's lines.
The fabric was dry (which probably increased the bubbling situation) but I laid all the lines down in one sessions and the lines bled into each other. Isn't that great here? Didn't work on other pieces like the IRO inspired pieces but is great for this one.
The washed out wild child was unbalanced. I had used too many dark colored lines in some places and too little in others. I needed to balance it. More lines in its future. Beth said she got a consistent line by putting the tip of the squirt bottle on the fabric. I tried it. See that straight line up the middle of the picture? And the navy blue circles? UGH! GAG! Good line for somewhere else but it did not fit with the rest of the piece. The wild child was just not that well-behaved and sedate.
So, worked on stronger lines but I was working on a new layer rather than with all the lines wet and bleeding into each. See the difference? The new line doesn't play as nicely with the others. But it is worth noting that it is more distinct. Good to know for the future.
I had great fun with the wild child. It took me three dye sessions to get her finished but so what. Rome wasn't built in a day. And I learned a lot about drawing lines with thickened dye.
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