Tuesday, July 27, 2010
soft and gentle colour
A basket of plant dyes on top of seta painted silk. In the basket: dandelion, daffodil, bracken, false indigo, tulip, forget me not, and day lily dyed velvet. I've been making myself paint on Mondays, more as a way to open myself up than to achieve perfection. Last week, I painted on china silk with transparent seta colour. I would have used blue, but I am out of blue. Using up art supplies is another thing I'm doing on Mondays. Wet fabric was spread across a table and the diluted seta colour was loosely applied. More important was how the materials dried. One piece was folded and wrapped in plastic to blend the colours, then taken out and sprinkled with salt before leaving in 'lumps' for 48 hours. The other was gathered up into loose pleats while wet and left to dry in that position. The colour wicked and arranged itself into waves. I heat set with an iron and also in a hot dryer for one hour. Then washed with mild detergent and dried in the dryer again. Now what?