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Piece de Resistance

Today was the last day of our thickened dyes/liquid resists class, and there was a flurry of activity as we tried to fit in lots of dye painting. When I arrived this morning, I first went to work painting the resisted pieces from yesterday. I mixed up some dark turquoise for these pieces. The first is the potato dextrin resist in which I stamped netting and a plastic grid. All photos are clickable for bigger view.

This is the back side, and you can get a better idea of how the resist is working. It is curing and will get washed tomorrow.

I also used the dark turquoise on the yellow/green silk scarf which had combed potato dextrin. Here is the front.

Here is the back which shows how the design created from the resist. I don’t know how well this will take the dye. Jeannette says that silk has fewer dye receptors so a second dye does not usually take. I did not know this and have often over-dyed silk. So we shall see!!

On the white cotton fabric which was screen printed with circles and stamped with bubble wrap, I used chocolate brown. I will probably over-dye this. This is the back side.

My next activity was to wash out the resist from yesterday’s dye-painting. This is a blurry photo of the torn paper screen print with corn dextrin. I think that I will discharge and additional design element on this piece.

The dye in the corn dextrose worked, but the black color washed out to a gray. The potato dextrin crackle gave it some great texture.

Jeanette demonstrated painting directly on fabric with thickened dyes without resists. I had lots of fun. Here is some free from painting on silk habotai. Hey, Picasso, I’m not!

On some organza, I stamped chocolate brown circles with a round sponge and then squirted black paint with a syringe.

This organza is painted with left over thickened dye that I gathered from other students.

A great time was had by all. I feel more competent to play with thickened dyes in my own studio. just need more time!!

6 Responses to “Piece de Resistance”

  1. dee says:

    Hi Honey, I’m home! Love the saturated blue in the first piece. Just gorgeous. Can’t wait to see what becomes of these. Hope you cool off soon. It’s hot here but after being in NC it seems down right temperate.

  2. kathy says:

    Yes, Gerrie, I have to concur with the rest…wonderful pieces. Can’t wait to see what you use them in.

  3. Judy says:

    LOVE those pieces Gerrie!
    The first ones have such depth.


  4. :Diane says:

    … that would be “seep” not “seem”

  5. :Diane says:

    I’ve done rice paste resist with natural dyes which don’t require batching in plastic. We got good crisp results. Then tried rice paste with Sabacron and batched it in plastic. Not so good results.How did you manage to retain the crisp lines of the potato dextrin resist during batching? My experience tell was that the dye softens the starch paste and allows the color to seem into the resisted areas.

    Is this a proprietary secret revealed only in a class I need to sign up for or some book that I need to buy? :o) Just tell me where and when, my checkbook is out!

  6. Jeannie says:

    Beautiful fabrics Gerrie! Where do you get your silks and organza? Hope it is cooler there and will hurry up river before I melt! Have a great week. Cheers.