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Discharge Workshop Day Two

I have sooooo many cool pieces of fabric to play with. There shall be no excuses for shunning the studio. I should give credit to our great workshop teacher, Jeannette DiNicolis Meyer. She is on the faculty of OSAC.

These were waiting for me when I arrived this morning, after being washed and dried. The first two were done with the torn masking tape applied to the silkscreen.



This was the piece that had skinny tape applied to the fabric. I love this.


Today we mixed turquoise dye with the discharge paste. It does not discharge so you can add color to discharged areas. Here I am applying the turquoise discharge paste, using a construction fence as the resist.

This is the piece after steaming, washing and drying.


I made another masking tape silk screen:


Here is the piece of fabric with discharge paste screened on the surface. This fabric is much browner than it shows here. The final piece is gorgeous. I’ll post a pic tomorrow. Jeannette proclaimed it the best piece of the workshop!!


This piece had large areas of smooshed discharge paste done yesterday and was looking rather washed out. Today, I used the turquoise paste to add back some color and design elements using a syringe and a screen.


Here is another skinny tape piece (raw silk) using the turquoise paste and one that was stamped with hydrangea leaves.


This is a piece that I painted with acid dyes a while ago. I used a foam roller with cut outs and rolled the paste across the fabric creating discharged stripes.


The rest of the work done today has not been photographed. I had to bring it home to wash. So there will be more tomorrow.

8 Responses to “Discharge Workshop Day Two”

  1. jenclair says:

    I’m so in love with all of your new fabrics! They are all gorgeous!

  2. Judy says:

    YUMMM! Thank you so much for so much food for thought! I cannot wait to get busy discharging!!! Yes you are correct, yesterday was fun for both of us!

  3. kathy says:

    Gerrie, I am really digging (do I date myself?) all of your cool geometric fabrics, especially the irregular stripes and the construction fence design. Keep ’em coming.

  4. Kristin L says:

    Thanks for the eye candy. There are so many colors and textures here to work with, I don’t know how you’ll know where to start! 🙂

  5. Diane says:

    Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! Really fun stuff! It looks great and I’m sure you are having a blast! I especially love that skinny tape one with the wavy lines. Can you make it by the bolt? Harhar.

    Glad you’re having fun!

  6. dee says:

    Very cool m’dear. I love the hydrangia piece in particular. Glad you’re having lots of fun. You deserve it!

  7. Kathie says:

    My little fingers itch to do something like this! Your results are fabulous–it’s amazing how effective something as simple as masking tape criss-crossed on a silkscreen can be.

  8. Jeannie says:

    OH WOW!!!! The fabrics are gorgeous. I especially love the orange/brown screened piece and the acid dyed one. So glad you are having fun. Cheers.