Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Dying with Ice

Saturday the Dragonflies played around with a technique called “Ice Dying”.
The gist of the whole process is using dry dye powder and to sprinkle on ice to get a very interesting color intensity.
You need the following:

  • Scarf or fabric (soaked in Soda Ash water)     
  • Procian dye (I used Turquoise and Fuchsia and Golden Yellow)
  • Plastic spoon             
  • Container to hold iced fabric  
  • Crushed Ice

After soaking your scarf or fabric in soda ash water, lay it out in the container

Sprinkle the ice over the top of the scarf (or fabric) and even it out across the surface

Measure out some dye on the plastic spoon and start to sprinkle on to the ice.

After you get the coverage you want,
fold the ends of the scarf (or fabric) over the ice

add more ice over the surface.
*Note: try to remember to add the ice before you accidently sprinkle the surface with ice.

I also added a dash of Golden Yellow just to break up the blue and red.

After I added all the colors I wanted to add, I took it outside and let the sun accelerate the melting process.  

After an hour and a half I came back to them and found scarf soup.
I was rather afraid that I was going to end up with a mess on my hands, but my fears turned to delight after I rinsed and washed the scarf. Below are the results and for a first time I think they came out well!


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Designer Downtown Market Sunday September 25, 2011

We attended the Downtown Designers Market Sunday September 25. It was supposed to be on Saturday the 24th however the rain just wouldn't stay away!!!
Here are some pictures of our set up. We made out booth fee back so it was a success!!!

Dye Day!!!!!!

I had a dye day a couple of weeks ago...below are some results!!
I over dyed a scarf that had to much white in the finished product...not anymore!

A burn out with blue/green mix
multi color twig burn-out

Over dye with red, orange and blue

Swirley line burn out dark pink
Burnout with dark purple
Over dye using cut out snowflakes
swirley burnout with red and yellow mix
red/yellow/orange shibori

over dye with reds

What a play day!!! Sun Painting

Techno and I had another play day. We learned how to sun paint with Set a Color paints and cotton fabric. We had a great time and here are some of the results.

It's a pretty simple process.
You'll need:
Paint Brushes - bristle or sponge
Set a color paints (I got mine from Dharma)
White cotton fabric (must be wet, not sopping)
small cups to mix water and paint
plastic bags (I used large garbage bags)
craft tissue paper to add more color
leaves or other items of interest

Using the small cups, I diluted paint to a thinner consistancy so it would be easier to spread. I also mixed up some purple and green to add. I laid the garbage bags down on the table and smoothed the wet fabric over it and gently spread out the air bubbles and creases.
I used a sponge brush to lightly go over the fabric, letting it bleed across as it would. I use lighter colors first when I layer so I started with light yellow and finished with red or blue.

Then I applied torn up strips of tissue paper to further add to the crazy colors
When the fabric got nice and covered, we took them outside to "cook" in the sun. Below is the result

Know what happens when you take leaves and put them on the wet paint and "cook" outside? You get a really neat looking fabric!
The next batch I painted the fabric same as before however this time I laid different leaves on the top and set it outside.

I thought the results were really cool!!!