My new Dye-na-flow paint came from the Dharma Trading Co! This is a very dangerous situation, as evidenced by the photos...
I've painted (wet in wet) 3 M of bleached muslin today and have already prewashed some of the silk I ordered to play with!
This is actually two 1 1/2M pieces of fabric with a chromatic gradation. I'll be doing another set of pieces in cool colours as I'm putting together a super sized Convergence Quilt in the next few weeks and wanted to try doing it with hand-dyed fabrics first, then with print fabrics. Part of the reason for the first quilt is to work out some math questions I have about how this will go, and I wanted to use 'renewable resource' fabric instead of purchased fabric until I get the kinks worked out. Also, this way I get to learn more about what kinds of things I can do with this dye/paint.
These pieces are done by first wetting and wringing them out, then placing them on plastic. I don't have a big enough table to lay them out flat, so I crunch them up a little. The goal is to make peaks and valleys, rather than folds. I want light and dye to hit a lot of the fabric, not to have TOO many big whitish patches left over.
I do dilute the dye-na-flow somewhat. Never a good measurer, I eyeball this (no surprise there, eh Mom?). Once the paint is diluted, I drop it on from a big brush, lightest colour first. Usually I'll mix in a colour that doesn't totally belong - just for interest's sake, but today I was very restrained.
The leftover diluted dye was poured on in both cases, then scrabbled - that's the technical term - around on the plastic until the other colour just starts to blend with it.
It's not nearly bright enough today for the fabric to sunprint properly, so I have removed the bits of bracken that were scattered over it. I like sunprinting the uneven surface. It gives such lovely unexpected bits of shadow here and there.
I'll let you know how these come out. Promise.
Off to buy more muslin!