A little bit of discharging…

Yesterday I actually got into my studio and did something!  I decided that since the big table was covered in plastic to catch the leaks, I might as well use it to do something messy.  So I had a go at discharging, using Jacquard discharge paste.  I wish one of the kids had been there to take a photo of me in the respirator … I must have looked like something from outer space!  But I needed it – that stuff is truly wiffy. 

I stencilled these pieces using freezer paper stencils.  I managed to reuse them three or four times before they got too gunky and unusable.

discharged fabric showing shadowy figures

For this one, I had already done some printing with fabric paint using sequin waste, and the paint acted as a resist.  These are figures copied from a newspaper picture.

stars discharged from dyed pinky-black fabric

I also printed discharge paste with bubble wrap and a spirally whisk I found in a charity shop.  Sorry that the photos are a bit blurred – my camera battery needed recharging.

discharged fabric using whisk to make spiral prints

discharged fabric using bubble wrap

I was pleased with the results – they are better than the photos suggest. 

Finally, I decided to make use of one of the rusty meat dishes which we are using as a rain-catcher!  I put some of my previously rusted fabric in there to rust some more.

rusting fabric in meat tin

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  1. You have been good Liz. That discharging is wonderful. I have some of that stuff that needs to be used, a bit difficult living in a flat.

  2. Discharging is fun, but smelly as you say.

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