I’m Cleaning Today…

It’s time to clean up all my jars and bottles and throw out  old dye solution that I was saving for whenever. Whenever came and went and I still haven’t used it. I did pause this morning thinking how much paper I could dye with all of it, but, since I couldn’t see myself dyeing paper all day, out it went. Time to get organized and cleaned up! I am preparing for a dyeing, painting and printing class for the artisan’s shop. I need to make some samples and plan the dye painting/printing part of the class. The class is scheduled for all day Saturday September 6.

If any of you ever buy those tie dye kits from Walmart, don’t throw out those wonderful plastic bottles with the tapered tips. If you don’t want them, give them to your favorite dyer! I saved a bunch from last year’s dyeing spree at kid’s camp. These are wonderful to have on hand for squirting dye in a small stream.

I mixed up the chem water and thickened it to make the paint. Now that I have my new little refrigerator from the back-to-school department of Walmart, I have a place to store the paint. It is the perfect size.

Two pieces I painted this morning before it got hot. Some stripes….

…and then stamping with a wide foam brush and syringe squiggles.

That’s all I got done today…had other things to do. I plan on spending more time painting in the morning. It has really turned off very hot here this week. These pieces are batching nicely in a discarded plastic shower curtain in the patio. Oh, did I tell you I save plastic shower curtain liners? I use them to cover my tables with when I’m working. And they wash up nicely in the washing machine.

Monday This N’ That

The fabric dyeing class on Saturday went well. I am now working on the sequel class which is scheduled for September 6. My plan is to teach a few more dyeing techniques, including discharge dyeing, then go on to dye painting and printing with the dye paint. It will be a full day.

But for today, I am going to do some dyeing for myself. I have been working with a wonderful, small piece of aqua green in my collages, and I find that I have no more to use, so it’s time to dye. Aqua blues and aqua greens, browns, some clothesline dyeing (where you get the neat lines), and maybe some painting. This week is a fairly clear week for me, so I will have lots of time to work with soy wax screening too. Yea! Pictures forthcoming later in the week.

I am also still working on a class sample for Sew Tech and find that I am going to need a small amount of more fabric, which was bought up by my friend. Since she’s my friend, I’m sure she will share a bit with me! The pictures of some of those blocks are on the Coming Soon page of this blog. It is turning out really awesome. The blocks are gorgeous. By the end of the week I will be able to post a pic of it with the setting triangles and partial borders.

New collages I worked on last week…I am definitely into a series of “Fragments of a Life”. Everything I do to a piece of cloth represents a fragment of my time, my imagination and my creativity. Every used dryer sheet represents a load of laundry done(!) and painting time. My handwriting is a fragment of my time and thought. Every stamp I carve and then choose to stamp on a particular piece takes time and thought. So, “Fragments of a Life” seems appropriate. Though these are small, 8″x 8″ and 10″x 10″ so far, I am having a great time with them. I will have lots of new small pieces for the upcoming show in August. I also have 2 larger pieces on the design wall I would like to finish and am getting some ideas of where to go with them.

Fragments of a Life #3

Fragments of a Life #4