I will be gone from August 5th to the 9th for some unlovely surgery. All classes will be moved back a week to accommodate MY time away from electronics. Estimated time of recovery is fast so not to worry.
Happy dyeing everyone!
Next step was to apply the gutta resist. I loaded it into a hair dye bottle as I knew I wanted the lines to be big and thick and bold. A lot of dye was going to be applied to this wrap so the lines would need to hold.
I did not stop to think or draw or plan out this design. I just went to it and squirted on the gutta. Many times my best work is done on the run. I tend to over think and the freedom I have when I just go with it most always has a high pay off in the end. This is true with my tennis game, with my art making, with so many life issues- over thinking gets me into trouble. Usually...not always...but usually my tendency to think too much gets in the way.
Applying the dyes is always the best part. Again, not a lot of thought went into this except that I knew what colors I wanted and about where I wanted to place them. I started slapping them on and this is how it looked when this lower section was finished. Yes, there was a lot of slopping and the dams burst a few times with the green but I used that as an opportunity to do some shading. I did a lot of blending with the green into the orange.Once the lower section was almost dry, I moved the piece to the larger dyeing table. I spread the upper part of the silk out so that I could apply the dyes to that portion without interfering with the iris section. I purposely did NOT allow the dye colors to mingle at this point allowing the wicking process to do its thing and the purple rewarded me with some nice pinks and blues that separated out from the mix.
You can just see it starting in this picture.
It came out really nicely and as I was telling my Gutta Students at Quilt University, I ended up giving this away to a friend who saw it and fell in love. It looked a lot better on her than on me. Soooo....since I was making this for my niece's wedding, I will make another one. I may not put iris on it. Might. Might not. See? I'm already starting to over think!!
Thinking AFTER the fact has some benefits however. I often ask my students, "If you had this to do over again, what might you do differently?" On this piece, I would have only done ONE thing differently. I would have started out on the long table. I originally thought I would only do the lower portion and another day come back and do the top part but I changed my mind. When I do the next one, I will stretch the bottom on the bars and do the gutta (or not)and extend the rest out on a sheet the way I did here and do the whole thing in one session.
Live and learn.
A common question was, "Does this come off of clothes?" or "will this come off my skin?" I said, "no" to the clothes and "after a few days" to the skin. This young man will be remembering this experience for quite awhile....
-About the workbook-
Email me if you want a copy of the workbook Cotton Dyeing Basics. It will be for sale on my web site August 1st but I have them ready to go now if you want to be the first on your block to have a copy.
It's really fun to go back to things you have done and rework them with the accumulated knowledge and skill that time gives us as artists. Try it sometime! Let me know how it goes for you.
I haven't finished the batik of our son and his friends. I am doing a lot of hand stitching and some machine stitching on it. Pictures will show up here soon.