This is my first year dye garden that’s already been quite useful!

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I finally documented almost everything I did this week and was much more deliberate about each step I took.  The main idea here was to lessen the bleed and to obtain more color. Toward the first goal, I made sure the cloth was damp but not wet, and I patted dry the leaves before I placed them down. The last mordant , which is usually just alum, was a mixture of alum and chalk which did indeed push some of the the pigment into the fibers. The combination of these steps proved to be pretty effective in terms of crisper prints and better color.  The color of blanket flowers printed the best; however, the vibrant red rudbeckia printed blue!  And the alum overwhelmed the rest of the plants with a pale yellow that’s barely discernible.

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In the ones below, the results are even better.  The tin alters the colors in such a pleasing way to my eyes. It adds a cast of blue and green.  The glossy buckthorn leaves printed such a deep and intense gold – those were long-soaked in a mixture of seawater/ birch water and calcium carbonate (aka chalk). and the sumac took on such dimension and pigment combinations! I love this series and can’t wait to turn them into art!

And…a finished quilt too – Gestation!


Linking Up with Off The Wall Fridays.

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.

7 replies on “A Little Bit of This and…

  1. This piece is soothing to me, and is pushing me to investigate natural dyes. I’ve always been the girl chasing bright colors, but just lately I’ve begun to appreciate the nuances of earth tones. You’ve cast the subtle colors beautifully across this piece. Just lovely!


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