Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Dye Day with Deb

On Monday, my good friend Deb H. came over for a play day!!! What fun we had!!!

We wanted to play some more with using the Elmer's Gel glue resist and each ended up making three pieces.

The first thing that I tried was over-dyeing a commercial fabric. I first used the glue to stamp 3 flowers and draw leaves, stems and the vase. Just to try it, I also did a resist using a stencil...just wiping the glue over the top.


After the glue dried, I painted it with a mixture of blue and purple Set-A-Color paints.....

When it was washed, I was very pleased with the results.....even the stencil areas.

I now have a new project in my mind using some hand embroidery stitches!!


The second piece that I did was to finish up the extra one that I had made on Friday. I just used two foam stamps for the resist and then also did a bunch of dots on the surface. I did a paint wash with black paint and this is the result (I seem to see solar systems in this).....


My final piece started out with flowers drawn with gel glue and lots of squiggles and swirly designs drawn free-hand.

When I started painting, I began with the funky flower and decided to try wetting the fabric a bit. Well, that was a BIG mistake, because the paint started seeping out and spreading in places that I did not want it to go.

I then decided that this piece would not be usable, so I would just play. The next step was to do the 3 Aqua blue swirls and then I painted the big flower with "Lumiere" paint. I wanted a "dirty" green for the center of the flower and once I had painted it, I added more yellow and water to paint the outside of the flower. By this time I was just simply playing with color....I would add a bit of this and a bit of that and then paint until I ran out of a color and then I would mix a bit of another and so on.

The final result ended up being my favorite of the three pieces. ......

Obviously, I am not thrilled with the "funky" flower, but I think that I may add an applique over that area and then quilt the heck out of it.....another project for another day!!!

Deb did three pieces as well. This first one was using a cheap piece of printed cotton fabric and adding a flower and leaf to it. She also used a small stencil to put leaves in a few places on the background. After it had dried, she realized that she didn't really want to over-paint the entire piece, so she mixed up a thin paint the color of a tea dye and just painted the two corner areas of the piece. This photo is sideways, but you can see how well it came out......

Her second piece was also free-handed with glue. While painting, she learned a few things....firstly, you have to make sure that there are no gaps in the glue, or the colors will run together. And, secondly, she decided that she needed to either find a better way to blend the background colors, or she needed to follow the lines more. Even with those comments, it is still a fun piece......


Her last piece was on the same fabric as my vase and she chose to use leaf stamps and then fill in with some parallel lines. She is going to use some of this in a piece that she is currently planning......

As we would finish, there would be dots of color on the plastic cloths and Deb grabbed an old piece of fabric ans started using it to blot up the color. I think that this looks a bit like an old fashioned map.......



When we had finished up, we had 9 or 10 cups with tiny amounts of paint left in them, so we took an extra fat quarter and poured, dripped and blobbed the paint onto the surface. Deb suggested rolling the fabric from corner to corner and then we each grabbed an end an twisted the fabric. When we opened it up, it was a gorgeous piece of dyeing. We set it out in the sun to dry and then added a handful of Kosher Salt sprinkled the surface for even more texture......

I can already see using this piece as the background for a fun applique quilt.

The bottom line here is that we had a WONDERFUL DAY and I was once again reminded how much fun it is to spend the day with such a creative person......Thanks Deb for making my day!!!!!

1 comment:

Jean said...

This is so awesome. I would love to try this technique. I like the funky flower too, not sure why you don't? It is just fun and can be a leafy thingy....lol

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