This is a lousy photo, but the best I could get... I have traced leaf shapes onto muslin in preparation for batiking them, then I will overdye with background colors. After I batch the piece, I will wash out and hand paint the leaf shapes with dyes. This is a variation on the normal method I use, and I decided it would be fun to see how it turns out this way. I'll post more as I progress with this piece.
This is a 1/2 yard piece of muslin that I decided to try dyeing a little differently than I usually do. I would normally pre-soda soak the fabric, scrunch it up and pour the dyes over, letting it batch for an hour before the rinse/launder step. Today, I wanted to see what would happen if I put ice cubes over the scrunched and dyed piece, thinking that the ice cubes would serve to dilute the dyes as they slowly melted. I see a little difference between this and regular scrunch dyeing, but not a whole lot. No fear... I have several other ideas in mind that I plan to try over the coming months. And in February, I plan to publish them on a blog where I am a Resident Artist... keep a look out!
Here, I have created a basket weave on a dyed scarf using soy wax, and when my order comes, I plan to use Dy-Na-Flo to overdye the unwaxed area. I have discovered that multiple dye baths don't work on silk like they do on cotton, so I am playing with fabric paints to see if I can get a good result without leaving the fabric stiff... more on this soon!
As you may have seen in recent posts, I'm also doing a lot of stamping with fabric paints and rubber stamps, and plan to do a lot more of that as soon as the Dy-Na-Flo arrives. I'm probably going to need to order a lot more of that... poor planning on my part, but I didn't realize that the fabric paints available in today's market are far superior to any I tried 15-20 years ago! Progress... anyway, I'll keep you posted on my progress!