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Printing and Ice Dyeing

Here are the remaining pieces of fabric created by my recent mark making session:

yellow and red dyed fabric

I can’t quite remember what I did for this but I think I squeezed thin red dye solution from a squeezy bottle and then sprayed the yellow thin dye solution before  the red had chance to dry.

red, yellow and black dyed fabric

For this I squeezed lines of thick black dye paint on to white fabric and then sprayed yellow and red dye solution over it while it was still wet so it blended a bit around the edges of the black but not quite as much as the previous fabric.

black fabric scraped with card

This is another of my black scraped fabric.  I think it looks like rock formations.

The rest of the fabric on this page was dyed a couple of months ago.  In January we had the only cold spell of the winter and for a couple of nights, the temperatures went down to about minus 10.  There are several buckets sitting on our patio and they had filled with water from the copious rain we had had, and these had forced nice thick ice circles!  I decided to take these upstairs to my studio and play around with them and a load of dye.  Well, I did come to regret it – despite putting plenty of plastic in and around the area the ice melted faster than I expected and I had various coloured leaks to deal with… But some of the effects were definitely worth it such as the one above.  I did end up dyeing a lot more fabric than expected, mainly to mop up the drips, and these were in a good varied value range.  Below is one of them – on my last visit to the Knitting and Stitching Show I bought some mixed white Egyptian cotton fabric bundles from Empress Mills, mostly in long thin strips (some even thinner than this one) so most of these came in handy.

neutral coloured fabric

A couple more detail shots of the ice effects:

ice dyed fabric green, blue and orange

ice dyed fabric, blue and red/pink

strips of ice dyed fabric - orange, yellow/green/blue and browny grey

Hope you enjoy the varied spectrum of colours on this post!!

Mark making with calligraphy pens

We did a lot of mark making on the course, and at the start of the week, Claire gave us some small pieces of art paper (not sure exactly what it is but I’ve been using watercolour paper here) to fill with repeated marks of one sort and another.    I didn’t do much with these during the week but I bought a set of Pilot Parallel Pens from them at the end and since then have been going mad filling up pages and pages with different marks!  I love them!!!   These will be useful for design work, maybe blown up on a photocopier or small parts isolated.  Here are a few of them:

patterns with pens

Some of them were done with my right hand (I’m right handed) some with my left – I found that mark making with my left hand produced surprisingly creative marks.  Something to do with right brained activities and left brained ones I suppose…

more mark making

And more:

more mark making

I wasn’t doing these with any particular design in mind, mostly… just playing.  Which is probably why I enjoy it so much!

 more marks and squiggles

The pens came with coloured inks, too, so I had fun with those:

coloured marks 

Claire suggested making these into little books so I think that’s what I’ll do.

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