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Monday, March 16, 2015

Third IRO experiment. Still not as good as IRO

Okay, still being influenced by the IRO video I tried another piece.  Still scraping the thickened dye on with a credit card, still using a squirt bottle (Did I tell you that I use the squirt bottle from my hair dye?  Waste not want not.)  Still being silly enough to move the piece while it is wet. (In my defense I made these three all at the same time so I didn't know how bad of an idea it was.)  Still working wet on wet.  The new thing is that I used black and red dye to draw lines and I tried a bit more complex of a design.

Before the detail shots did I ever tell you why I use a credit card to scape on the thickened dye?  Primarily because it is faster when you are laying down a solid color.  If the space is small, then cut the credit card in half or fourths.  If you want to paint with highlights and shadows then a brush is  your best bet.  Okay, now the details.  Watch for the same mistakes of smears, smudges, and bleeding.  Will I ever learn?

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  1. I'm getting ready to try this technique on a piece of cotton, only I'm going to use regular and foam brushes... will see how it turns out, and it will be "batching" covered in plastic on the project board. Thanks for all your insights!

  2. Just gorgeous! Are you working with that syringe for you lines? I love it.

  3. Stop pointing out all of your "mistakes"--you're the only one who sees them!

  4. Huh - it's funny that you see the smudges and blobs as flaws, and I see them as what adds interest while working wet-into-wet! Gorgeous work. Thanks for sharing your techniques with us too. You inspire me to want to try this!

    I'm sorry if this comment repeats - I have tried this 3 times! If it doesn't work this time - oh well! Please feel free to delete any repeats.

  5. These are great! Set aside your idea of what's good compared to ISO and enjoy your own self coming through. After a short while, you'll get a better grasp of how to move the work without too much mess, but I don't mind it anyway.Don't wait for it to dry - just keep pumping them out!


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