Thursday, July 26, 2012

Resist, Part 2

If you were not here yesterday, you should read Part 1 first. It will bring you up to speed.

The next day, the flour and oatmeal were completely dry. I'm sure they were dry sooner, but I wanted to make sure everything dried through and through.

Supplies from back left clockwise:
Water, left over from yesterday that I would use, along with a rag, to wipe up any messes
Empty containers for mixing the dyes
*Staz-on re-inkers, colors of your choice
91% Isopropyl Alcohol (also called "Rubbing Alcohol in the US, but do not use 70%)
Jug of coffee, not important to the dyeing process, but critical for the artist
Fabric to be dyed after two resists (oatmeal and flour) were created
Plastic bag to protect table.

*You must use a permanent ink/reinker for this. I'm sure there are other "permanent" inks, but I use Staz-on exclusively. You will be removing the oatmeal and flour from these fabrics, and they will get wet. So you cannot use dye ink or color washes. And before you ask, YES, these will be permanent as soon as the dye hits the fabric.

Since I started with the oatmeal resist yesterday, I decided to start with oatmeal again. I started the dyeing process with a bit of Midnight Blue mixed with the alcohol. How much of each you use depends on you. I like to begin with 8-10 drops of Staz-on to which I add the alcohol. Be aware, these will dry much lighter.

Next, I changed cups and added 8-10 drops of Mustard to a bit of alcohol. I never measure these. I go by appearance more than anything else. If the color is too light, I add more Staz-on. If too dark, I add alcohol.

Next came blazing red, but it looked more like Pumpkin once it was on the bed sheet. Note how the blue and yellow mingled and created green on the fabric.

Here this piece is in all its glory. Although the dye/alcohol mix is now basically dry, the oatmeal is not. Therefore, I will hang it, because the oatmeal was saturated and needs the added drying time.

I decided to plan out my next piece and picked all blues and purple.

I began with Ultramarine, then

added Azure.

Next came Royal Purple.

I didn't get as much color mixing this time, and was a bit disappointed with the outcome. Not the look I was expecting.

Since I had some Royal Purple left over, I used it on the next piece, that was also flour resist.

Once again, I reached for some Ultramarine

and finished the piece using it. Note how some of the dye has seeped under the flour.

I finished the dyeing process on the oatmeal resist with the same dyes I used earlier on the flour: Ultramarine and Royal Purple.

My final dye was on the flour resist fabric using Mustard.

However, when I applied it, I forgot to change brushes, and the color came out green. I finally got the yellow I was going for after I got a different brush.

Here are three of the pieces on the line. The one nearest my clothespin bag was the last one I made.

The other two are on this end of the clothesline.

In case you forgot, the one on the left is oatmeal and the one on the right is flour.

Here they are, drying and ready for the final step, which I'll show tomorrow.


14 thoughtful remarks:

Anonymous said...

Oh what fun and bright colors flapping in the breeze. I am definitely going to have to try this. Waiting for installment three for the fona
reveal! xox

Dawn said...

Ooh, Elizabeth you've been busy. They look amazing already and I can't wait for the final reveal tomorrow.
Big hugs x x x x

Dianne said...

Love the colors! Anticipation building!

Unknown said...

I LOVE it when you do these resist projects- so cool! Are they for quiltlets- I hope?
BTW, I've missed you too- I'm almost finished getting the house back together and ready to get back into blogging!

Halle said...

Oh wow! The first color combo on the oatmeal is gorgeous!! Can't wait for the big reveal!!

Healing Woman said...

I never would have thought to use oatmeal as a resist. I'm not sure which design I like better because the circled one is really unique as well as the oatmeal resist. Love the colors in both. Guess I'll have to wait for the finish post. How are you planning on using the finished material?

Dawn said...

Hi Elizabeth (and of course the gorgeous Bleubeard), thank-you so so much for your lovely comments on my AB, has left me with a wonderful warm fuzzy feeling and real sense of achievement. Your tuition and guidance is the real inspiration you know!!!!!!
Lol, the slug was a photo from the same catalogue as the other images, I couldn't help but put a smiley face on with a white gel pen, sadly you can't really see it in the photo but I gave him a white curly afro hair-do too ha ha ha.
Big hugs x x x x

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I'm sure you have the prettiest clothesline in town! I can't wait to see how you blast the stuck on oatmeal & flour off these pieces.

Carolyn Dube said...

These are so awesome- and I have a bunch of oatmeal to use up. Long story how we ended up with that much oatmeal. The blazing hot sun is actually an asset with this! Can't wait to see the next step! I love how your mind works!!

SandeeNC said...

Your projects always look like they are so much to do, just getting all inky and messy! I wish I had friends like you that lived closer to me, all my friends excell in is shopping and cooking! bleah! Looking forward to tomorrow's post. waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

~*~Patty S said...

drying these in your heat must be like putting them in an oven E!

I am on the edge of my seat ... looking great so far ...wondering what it's like to remove those chunky layers?

Darla said...

This whole process is so interesting. It is fun seeing all the pieces lined up like that.


sara j said...

must get clothesline!

sara j said...

must get clothesline!