Yesterday was the first day of work in the new summer studio.  I had some great company, Diane Franklin joined me for the day and I can’t believe I didn’t take any pictures!  Guess I couldn’t teach and take pics at the same time.  But, of course, except for one, they’re all still batching for a few days and I’ll share then our results.

However, I did open one as an experiment. I wanted to see the results of printing on cotton with only alum as a mordant and to see the difference a few days make before you unroll the log.  So, I opened only this one to record the results.  It has a twin.  I took a length a fabric, cut it in half, placed it back together and worked on the whole length as if it was one.  They were rolled up separately but tied together for the simmering phase.

The devil is in the details!  If I’m right, the print that has batched for three days will be noticeably stronger than this one:


Today, I’m going to soak another piece of the same fabric in soy milk and back to the alum and if my experiences of last Fall are on the mark, it should be a considerably stronger print.  Stay tuned and thanks for coming along for the ride!

Linking up with Nina Marie’s Off The Wall Friday!

Posted by:turtlemoonimpressions

The natural world is phenomenal and so much of the man-made world - our architecture, our cities - are stunning accomplishments. They exist hand in hand in both beautiful expressions and sometimes disastrous manifestations. Our entire existence with the natural and the invented is intertwined – each dependent on the other, even as my art evolves, each breathing in the wake of the other. Surface design is one aspect of the process that I love. I thoroughly enjoy the play with color, value and construct, particularly the improvisation which starts with one thing, an idea, a glimpse of a vision, perhaps something that captures my eye for a moment in time and it grows organically. I become focused on whatever piece I'm working on and follow my muse to find my way.

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