Sunday, May 26, 2019

The moon (and eco-dyeing results)

I'm once again joining Erika, (Bio Art Gal), our host this month at Art Journal Journey with her themes In the air/In the sky.

I was actually looking for a different quote when I ran across this one.

I knew I had a picture of the moon in my book on the cosmos, so pulled it out.  I also knew my circle cutter would never cut it as well as it should, so I just cut around it. 

The quote by Paul Brandt reads:
Do not tell me the sky is
the limit when there are
footprints on the moon.
For this page I created in my Challenges altered book, I began by laying down two colors of blue water soluble crayons.  I then added the moon image and the quote.

Thanks so very much for joining me today.  Bleubeard and I also hope to see you at Art Journal Journey with your interpretation of Erika's theme.

Also, it occurred to me

that I had shown this fabric I was about to eco-dye, but never showed the final results.

This is what it looked like when I was unrolling it.

You can just barely see the copper rod I wrapped it in on the far left of the above photo.

For some reason, I thought I would get a better outcome from this, but I apparently didn't leave it in the steam bath long enough.

On the other hand, the copper rod did its "thing" quite well.  Note also the marks on the right side of the fabric.  That's where I wrapped the fabric using wax linen thread.

To say I was disappointed in the outcome

is like calling the Queen Mary a rowboat.

I even tried desaturating the photo, but that didn't help, either.

The only part that really pleased me was where the copper rod had laid during the heating process.

As I mentioned above, these are the marks left from the wax linen thread I wrapped around the cylinder before I steamed the fabric.

Thanks again for sticking with me while I showed these disappointing eco-dyeing results.  This fabric will need to be overdyed, or possibly painted sometime in the future.

18 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

That's a good quote about the moon. Sorry about the results of the eco-dyeing, things like that happen. Have a great da, Valerie

Neet said...

Love your moon page and the quote is beautiful. I am amazed with your cutting skills, that moon is cut out perfectly.
Sorry you were disappointed with the fabric but I like it as it is.
Hugs, Neet xx

Caty said...

Absolutely Gorgeous Art journal page elizabeth !! OOhh this moon is perfect! I love the blue colours and the quote too !
I got the same results as you when I tried an ecodyeing on fabric, but I think we can use the fabric again, creating other kind of art. In some areas it looks very nice!, in others... like a vintage fabric!, so, nice also!
I wish you a very happy Sunday. and hope your friend Sally is now recovered.
Big hugs, Caty

CJ Kennedy said...

Nice pairing of image and quote on your page. I think your eco dye fabric looks wonderful. If you're not happy with the results, can you use re-dye it?

froebelsternchen said...

I adore both , the wonderful page reflecting the fantastic quote in a fantastic way and how simply amazing this fabric came out.Absolutely adorable in my mind! Happy Sunday sweetheart,you rocked this AJJ May in a amazing way,thank you beyond belief! Hugs,Susi

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Beautiful artwork and fantastic quote. I also like how the fabric came out.

Birgit said...

I always think you are too hard on yourself because I like the outcome. The moon is so huge and love the quote that came with it,

kathyinozarks said...

I love the quote on the moon piece too
In my opinion-The leaves are too brown for a print except possibly the veins might come through. I did allot of reading on this in the past-the European eco-artists mostly say they collect the leaves in full fall color just before they turn brown-the leaves have the most pigment during this time. fresh spring leaves usually work well too
and if you know which plants give a dye-those usually work out well for a nice print.

The Liberty Belle said...

Thank you for sharing that quote. I really like it.

Cindy McMath said...

Beautiful moon page and perfect quote. I think your eco dyed fabric has some really beautiful “bits” on it. I hope you figure out a way to keep them before you try to over-dye or whatever you decide. I always admire this process when you show it because it is so unpredictable.

My name is Erika. said...

Thanks my friend for joining me challenge at AJJ again. I love your super big moon! That is an awesome photo from your book and is perfect. And I love the quote! It is definitely one of the better ones I have seen about doing great things. (even if you think you can't). and too bad about the fabric but I do like the spots that line up. And that is a nice vein from the leaf. I bt with a little more color added to it, maybe from some watered down paint (?) you could create some really pretty fabric. Hope you're having a nice Sunday. Hugs-Erika

Rita said...

Just love the quote and glad to see how the experiment turned out. Much embossing along with the staining. :)

Lowcarb team member said...

I do like your moon page and the quote you've used.
Sorry you were disappointed with the results of the eco-dyeing …

All the best Jan

Divers and Sundry said...

Amen on the moon quote!

I'm surprised you didn't get more color from your leaves. I'll look forward to seeing what you do with the material.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Brilliant quote for your page! I would have been happy with those results but then i am not an expert dyer! I love the colours on the last shot and that gorgeous blue leaf print! Hugs, Chrisx

Eileen Bergen said...

What a great quote! Your eco-dyed cloth is gorgeous, Elizabeth. Eileen x

Jeanie said...

Your fabric looks terrific, Elizabeth. I can't wait to see what you do with it!

Meggymay said...

You used a super quote for your moon page which looked awesome.
You may not have been happy with the cloth you dyed but its looks great to me, I'm sure you will be able to use it and look forward to seeing what you decide to do with it.
Yvonne xx