Here are some of the dyed and printed fabrics I promised to blog about. I bought Claire Benn and Leslie Morgan’s latest book, Making Your Mark and so I decided to have a good play using the techniques outlined by them.
I started by using a credit card to scrape dye paint on to fabric. I was using dye that had been thickened with sodium alginate.
For this piece, I put the thickened dye into an old washing up liquid bottle and squeezed it out. Where the blue and red lines are, I left the squidgy line for a few minutes for the dye to strike more strongly in that area, and then scraped it with the credit card.
The result was a bit pale because I was actually using some dye that I had dissolved in water (I used it to do some ice-dyeing, but that’s the subject of another post). So I decided to turn the fabric over and scrape another design on the back.
Incidentally, the fabric I used was from some old cotton pillow cases that I bought for 50p each at the local charity shop. Lovely fabric and I didn’t even have to scour it first! Perfect for experimentation…
This was another scraped piece I did at the same time:
I made the blue lines this time by dipping a laminated bookmark into the thickened dye and printing with it after scraping the red and yellow background.
For this next piece, I scraped black dye but the marks didn’t show very strongly on the top:
But the reverse of the fabric is much more interesting: