Monday, June 20, 2011

A bit of Saturday fun

I started Saturday in the heat of the day by getting my supplies together at my patio table. From upper left clockwise: my dye inks I'm not using for this project, two 12 X 12 sheets of white paper, dye inks I will be using, two more sheets of white 12 X 12 paper, spray bottle of water that works (more on that later).

I saw this technique on Connie's blog and decided to try it. She has some fantastic videos you can watch to get this technique down pat. Note that there are no gloves in sight. I forgot to get them and was too lazy to go back in for them. But follow what Connie tells you. Wear gloves, because I now have very colorful hands and fingernails.

I began by spritzing two of the white pages with water.

Next, I added drops of DYE ink on the pages. I have enough reinkers I keep them separated in different containers. I keep my Distress reiners separate from my dye reinkers, pigment reinkers, and embossing reinkers. Don't ask why I have so many reinkers when I don't stamp. Other than the embossing ones I picked up at a garage sale a long time ago, I use them for various background techniques, just like Connie does. After I performed this step, I went inside (did I mention it was HOT out?) to allow the ink to dry. What was I thinking!?! The object is to allow these colors to bleed together.

So, it was back outside to complete the job. Here they are basically dry. This is the back side. Did you think I was going to show you the front, too? Not this time!

LinkNext, I grabbed my spray bottle of 50/50 water and bleach, and took it, along with a rag I found in my rag bag and three lovely gingko leaves gifted me by Donna, outside. But the bleach bottle wouldn't squirt, no matter what I did, including cleaning it completely. So the only other thing I could do was put the solution in my water spritzer bottle, after which I would need to clean it completely (oh to own a dishwasher). For those unfamiliar with the process, this is called resist dyeing and you can see a step by step tutorial here.

I had barely gotten the bleach on the piece when it started to turn. I didn't even have time to remove the leaves before I took this shot.

But my bleach is old (about 4 to 6 months old) and the images didn't take too well, and looked even lighter after drying. So it's very important to use new bleach, fresh from the supermarket.

There is one really good thing that came out of this coloring session. Look at this sheet I tried to dye using color mists a few days ago. The colorful portion was under the 12 X 12 pages and the results give me an idea for a new technique, too. Stay tuned for it. I hope you had a great weekend and are looking forward to this coming week, including welcoming in summer.

9 thoughtful remarks:

Terri Kahrs said...

Good morning, Elizabeth! You're up bright and early! Love watching you experiment with color. You're such a tease!Had to chuckle at your warning to "wear gloves". I've gone out to dinner with friends "wearing" blue and green hands.

BTW, the way I get my toilet paper rolls to lie flat is to use a bone folder to make sure they're "creased" flat. Sewing the edges helps too. Stay cool! Hugs, Terri xoxo

Margaret said...

Love it when you show us your works in progress, leaves us wanting more! I'll be back to check your progress with those fab colours! Mx

see you there! said...

Looks like a lot of fun. You are going to have some wonderful pieces to work with when you get done. I sure didn't know bleach could get "old".


peggy aplSEEDS said...

hello, Elizabeth! i so enjoyed your post today. it had me laughing. i know all about those colorful fingernails!

Becca said...

Very cool idea! I love how you do a lot of your art projects outdoors, it looks so pretty there! I am so looking forward to getting away from this heat for a few days! have a good week.

Halle said...

Nice step by step... I find it difficult to take pictures along the way. Everything takes longer and I risk getting ick on my camera.

Poeticthnkr said...

Nice Elizabeth! It looks like you had a fun-filled Saturday! Thanks for sharing! I had no idea that bleach gets wonder that bottle of bleach I used not long ago (which has been under the cabinet for quite awhile) did not do it's job when I was cleaning with it! lol

Marilyn Rock said...

Glad you had your fun-filled Saturday. Sure looks like some artful fun with beautiful results! Love those ginko leaves! xxoo

Gez said...

OOoooooh love your sheet hanging up to dry.. I am imagining lots of gold thread stitched onto it! Gorgeous ♥