So many hot irons in the fire sometimes it’s a wonder I don’t ignite! Good thing I’m a persistent B…though.  First my cell phone camera kept telling me it failed and would not take another picture.  So, I went into the house and got my camera.  Took a few shots and that battery died.  I keep a second battery charged up, though, so I went in the house and got that.  Whew!  Took the rest of the pics I wanted.  Now, I thought sure that I brought my camera in with me but nooooo….I had to put all the lights on outside again and walk through the very wet grass to get it!  It’s just my mind I’m losing!

That logwood gets me every time! I remembered to keep the temperature under 180 and to keep any iron out of the mix but I still got brown instead of purple. I sifted through all my notes until I finally found it!  I dipped it in some washing soda to test it out and viola!20170903_154139

It’s a little more red than purple but at least it’s not brown! meanwhile, I tested my water and I think it read 14 – high Ph level but I’m honestly not sure how to interpret this reading.20170903_151644

Nevertheless, it began to rain cats and dogs, so always hopeful,  I collected a lot of water to try again tomorrow!

Had better luck with a test run of some other colors, though.

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These were just some quick and dirty tests, all on silk, simply dipped in vinegar water. Left to right: Looks white but it’s tomato leaves with mint and it was a light green when dunked but a dirty white when dry. Nix that one. Next is goldenrod; then orange osage with a little tumeric; madder; that pesky logwood; and lac – wow that was strong in a flash! Just enough to wet my whistle before a more serious dyeing session.

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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