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Trial and Error

After mistakes and some experimenting, I finally got a piece of fabric that I am happy with. You can click it to see it enlarged.

After the last failure, I decided to mix up some turquoise dye with thiox discharge paste. I have done this in the past to get turquoise deposited where the fabric is discharged. For some reason, turquoise does not discharge. Remember that a couple of weeks ago, I was discharging black fabric. I had some paste mixed up and sitting in my dye kitchen. I blithely added turquoise dye and went to work.

I wore my respirator!

And after the fabric dried, I ironed it and then threw it in the wash. Guess what? I ended up with a piece of rust silk with no marks at all. Well, I forgot that thiox paste is only good for about 24 hours. Duh.

My next experiment was to mix dynaflow paint with the de Colourant paste. I made more marks on the rust silk.

After I steamed it with an iron, I could see from the back that the rust had discharged.

When I washed it, I got the subtle verde green color in the first photo. I am very happy with it.

I am working on two projects that need to be completed by next Monday. The other is for a juried show at my church, Trinity Episcopal, titled: Mirror, Mirror, a show of self portraits.

I did a self portrait a  few years ago for a Quilting Arts challenge — a Picasso version of my younger self. I decided to do an updated version and mount them together – sort of me – 50 years apart. The older me is more colorful! Here they are with the newer version a work in progress.

I have been having fun and feel very energized after a fallow period. The studio is a mess which means I am in creative mode.

6 Responses to “Trial and Error”

  1. Kristin L says:

    Fun self portraits! The new one’s got your hair and the Gerrie Green is perfect. But where are the red glasses? Your rusty fabric is cool too. I like the slightly metallic shimmer I think I see.

  2. Connie Rose says:

    I love that fabric, Gerrie. Also your self portrait! If you consider yourself to have been fallow recently, then I’m positively a slug!

  3. jenclair says:

    The self-portrait update is terrific. I love the more colorful you, and I recognize the feeling. I feel more colorful, more intense, more creative now than I did when young.

  4. Karoda says:

    I love it when you’re rocking and rolling in the studio…now I’m inspired to get going today! At first glance I didn’t expect the portraits to be yours but they are fun and I’ve been digging faces lately.

  5. Judy says:

    Is that discharging the most unpredictable practice? I have a true love/hate relationship with it! Your results are interesting.
    Love your new self-portrait! I see a bit of Pamdora’s influence there!
    Oh, and so I guess I’m also in a creative mode as I can barely get into my studio right now! LOL


  6. kathy says:

    Is that what the mess means? I’ll have to tell my husband that! Ha. I like the self portraits…very nice!